Tuesday, 29 July 2014

It's that big hoverfly with the white saddle


This is Volucella pelluscens. It's a hoverfly and it's one that you, me and the person with no natural history knowledge at all can safely identify, because it is large and has a body coloured and patterned like a Giant Panda - all you need to do is master the Latin name to score extra brownie points.

The garden MV is being hogged by Tree-lichen Beauties and Jersey Tigers at the moment. Who could have predicted that a few years ago? I'm still hopeful of a screaming rarity coming my way, but in the meantime have to make do with these recent colonists.

3 comments:

  1. ".............all you need to do is master the Latin name to score extra brownie points."

    Sorry to be pedantic but, it's pellucens.

    A common favourite for sure, they always cheer me up. I was looking out for Volucella zonaria or V. inanis today as they are apparently 'having a good year'. Not round here yet for sure!

    Still, finding my first adult Xanthandrus comtus along the local canal today was very satisfying.

    Not commented for some time but I have still been reading this blog on the tablet. Not easy to respond on that thing as I am not of an early enough generation.

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  2. I meant to say late enough generation. Kinda shot myself in the foot there with the pedantry business!

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  3. You can be as pedantic as you wish Andrew... I like a good pedant!

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