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Genus Volucella

Asilidae 6-07-10 01b - Volucella facialis - female Bumblebee mimic fly - Volucella - male Syrphidae or other?  - Volucella evecta Volucella bombylans-complex - Volucella evecta flower fly--Volucella facialis? - Volucella evecta Bumble bee mimic - Volucella facialis Fly - Volucella evecta Volucella evecta? - Volucella evecta - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Hover Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Volucellini
Genus Volucella
Explanation of Names
Volucella Geoffroy 1762
4 spp. in our area. Most records refer to our species in this genus under the name Volucella bombylans, which is now believed to be an Old World species. A New World "bombylans" is one of arctica, evecta, and facialis, or one still undescribed species.(1)(2)(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.
Print References
Cheng A. (2011) Revision of the New World members of the Volucella bombylans (Diptera, Syrphidae) complex. Honours thesis, Carleton University, Canada.
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.
2.Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Andrew D. Young, Kevin Moran, William J. Crins and Stephen A. Marshall. 2019. Princeton University Press.