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Genus Volucella

Asilidae 6-07-10 01a - Volucella bombylans-complex - female 8022852 Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex Syrphidae, Volucella bombylans?, dorsal - Volucella bombylans-complex Bee-mimic Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex Bombus - Volucella bombylans-complex - male Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex Bumble bee mimic - Volucella bombylans-complex - female  Syrphid Fly - Volucella bombylans-complex
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
3 spp. in our area(1)
Eggs are laid in bumble bee nests. Larvae are scavengers, but occasionally they feed on bumble bee larvae.
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.