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Species Account for Volucella inanis

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Volucella inanis  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Diptera: Syrphidae: Syrphidae

Volucella inanis

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important

Records: 218
First Record: 1950
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 27
Pre-1992 hectads: 7
Total hectads: 28
Additional Phenology Data


Volucella inanis
Volucella inanis

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Taxonomic group: hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) - Available county data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
This species has a national distribution largely centred on London and the south-east extending westwards along the south coast. In Essex it is a local species but by no means rare. It is described as nationally scarce (notable).

Species text
The larvae of this large hoverfly are ectoparasites of social wasp larvae, and have been found in association with Vespula germanica and Vespa crabro. They are found in open areas in woodland and scrub and, most frequently, in suburban areas, in parks and gardens where adults are usually seen visiting flowers, especially white umbels and Buddleja (Ball & Morris, 2000). In some years it is locally abundant in the outer suburbs of London and the surrounding countryside. Although reports indicate that it is expanding its range to the north, it also appears to have contracted eastwards with very few records from central-southern and south-western counties (Stubbs & Falk, 2002). References

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 23 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 76 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 218 records with habitat detail and method information)

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