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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

VOLUCELLA BOMBYLANS



Or to you and me, a big hoverfly that looks like a bumblebee - which I also found in the garden this afternoon.
This hoverfly exists in two forms, the one that I managed (this time) to photograph - mimicking the Red-Tailed Bumblebee (see my much earlier post on that bee), and a form that mimics the White-Tailed Bumblebee.
They are common, even in gardens and their larvae live as scavengers in Wasps' nests.

NB. My (otherwise excellent) field-guide doesn't tell me why they mimic bees though?
I must try to find that out...
I mean, if I donned a pair of oversized 70's shades, and painted my arse orange, impersonating a Red-Tailed Bumblebee, it wouldn't do me any good would it?
Mmmm.....

1 comment:

electrichalibut said...

As I said on my blog, I'd missed out on this up till now - all very innnnnnnderesding. Bigged you up a bit in a blog post - plus I've given you a mystery bird to identify. Clue: it's not Michaela Strachan.