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Genus Volucella

Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex - male Criorhina? - Volucella bombylans-complex Bumble bee mimic - Volucella bombylans-complex Laphria sp? - Volucella bombylans-complex - female Hoverfly, Bot Fly, or what? - Volucella bombylans-complex syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex - male Volucella bombylans-complex - male Volucella bombylans-complex? - Volucella bombylans-complex - female
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.