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Genus Volucella

Bumble Bee Mimic or Robberfly Mimic - Volucella bombylans-complex Asilidae 6-07-10 01b - Volucella bombylans-complex Syrphidae or other?  - Volucella bombylans-complex Laphria sp? - Volucella bombylans-complex Bee-mimicking Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex Criorhinus bubulcus? - Volucella bombylans-complex Syrphid - Volucella? - Volucella bombylans-complex Volucella? - Volucella bombylans-complex
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Volucellini
Genus Volucella
Explanation of Names
Volucella Geoffroy 1762
Numbers
3 spp. in our area(1)
Remarks
Eggs are laid in bumble bee nests. Larvae are scavengers, but occasionally they feed on bumble bee larvae. Berkeley.edu
Other members of the genus (in England) feed on the larvae and pupae of bees and wasps.
Internet References
Dipterist Forum. Colour Guide to Hoverfly Larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Britain and Europe. Graham E Rotheray
Works Cited
1.Key to the genera of nearctic Syrphidae
Miranda G.F.G, Young A.D., Locke M.M., Marshall S.A., Skevington J.H., Thompson F.C. 2013. Can. J. Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.