Identification guide to Volucella hoverflies

Volucella zonaria Hoverfly ©Julie Lane. Johnson's Field, Olney. 25 July 2017

Volucella zonaria Hoverfly ©Julie Lane. Johnson’s Field, Olney. 25 July 2017

Our co-chairman Julie Lane recently reported seeing the hoverfly Volucella zonaria in her garden in Olney. Julie describes Volucella zonaria as

Very beautiful and hornet like! It’s larvae lives in wasps nests scavenging on detritus.

This guide will help you identify other Volucella hoverflies