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Species Account for Volucella zonaria

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Volucella zonaria  (Poda, 1761)
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae

Volucella zonaria 6 Copyright: Graham Ekins

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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Available county data

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

Records: 290
First Record: 1953
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 29
Pre-1992 hectads: 5
Total hectads: 30

Additional Phenology Data


Volucella zonaria female 7
Volucella zonaria female 7
Volucella zonaria 6
Volucella zonaria 6
Volucella zonaria 5
Volucella zonaria 5
Volucella zonaria - jme7183
Volucella zonaria - jme7183
Volucella z. head
Volucella z. head
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Volucella z.

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Essex Red Data List comment
Formerly a rare migrant species. This hoverfly established itself in Britain in the London area during the 1950s. Since then it has become fairly frequent in south Essex near to the Thames where it is often found in gardens. Nationally it is still scarce

Species text
This, our largest and most spectacular hoverfly, seems to be almost entirely anthropogenic in Britain. Its larvae are scavengers and predators in the nests of social wasps (including the hornet Vespa crabro), where they probably feed on larvae and pupae. It is usually seen visiting flowers in suburban areas where it occurs in parks and gardens. Many recent records come from civic amenity plantings around car-parks and urban roads (Ball & Morris, 2000). Until about 1940 it was regarded as a rare vagrant to the south coast of England, then, during the 1940s, it began to become established in the London area and is now quite frequent, especially in the outer suburbs and in northern Kent. Current evidence shows this species is expanding its range into Suffolk and Norfolk, and north and west from London into Hertfordshire and along the Thames valley (Stubbs & Falk, 2002). References

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 48 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 105 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 290 records with habitat detail and method information)

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