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Genus Volucella

Syrphid Flies Volucella evecta - Volucella evecta Laphria thoracica ? - Volucella facialis Mallota sp? - Volucella Bumble Bee Mimic Syrphid Fly? - Volucella facialis - female Bumble Bee Mimic Syrphid Fly? - Volucella facialis - female Volucella bombylans-complex? - Volucella evecta - female Volucella evecta? - Volucella evecta - female Volucella1 Bbrg - Volucella
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.