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I saw this rather large flying insect perched on my pyracantha yesterday, along with a lot of other insects and bugs. He was about twice the size of a wasp, and looked twice as nasty! I was a bit wary of getting too close, he looked evil! Can someone ID it for me, please.
Many thanks to Karen for her identification.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:volucella zonaria
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 May 2009 - 5:39 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:107
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 5:45 AM

Amazing macro shots.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 5:48 AM

You wouldn't have got me this close.Excellent close ups Carol.
Tom.

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 5:50 AM

My votes go for V2 and V3. Angi

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 6:00 AM

Amazing macros of these bees...They must be so groggy from all the pollen that they don't bother you... You must be quite close to them to get these shots.....Very well done Carol.....Sandy

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GrahamNobles
7 May 2009 - 6:01 AM

Good macro work, Carol.
Graham

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 6:06 AM

All are good

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 6:35 AM

Nice work as usual - got me stumped this time!!

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 6:57 AM

usual high quality Carol and I think its some variety of bee.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 7:11 AM

excellent love v3 no idea what they are....

linda

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84354 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 7:13 AM

I think it's a hover fly called Volucella zonaria (15 - 20mm). It flies May - October in the very south of the UK. (You can tell it isn't a bee because of it's central 'antennae', bees have them either side of their heads). You've captured it brilliantly, lots of colours and details.

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fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 7:28 AM

Really good work as ever Carol with these larger than life images.

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viscostatic
7 May 2009 - 7:36 AM

I agree, quite an evil looking guy, but you have captured him really well, especially in V1.

Phil.

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
7 May 2009 - 7:39 AM

Stunning- Superb!
Cor.

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Douglas_George

Morning Carol, another wonderful set of images your garden is so full of surprises, well done.

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
7 May 2009 - 7:48 AM

You are brave Carol, not something to hang about with for too long I think.
3 superb images of this beastie.
Annette

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DolphinLady
7 May 2009 - 7:56 AM

Wow, what fantastic detail to this little one...
I think I have to go with V2 for the wonderful detail & colour, the other 2 are a bit scary...
Hilary

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WOW, anmazing macros
Scott

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 8:09 AM

How do you do this ???
Every day fantastic shots
Fab stuff

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 8:32 AM

These are all stunning \Carol and this trio are all so beautiful. Love version 1 in particular.
Di

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Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 8:43 AM

Superb captures Carol, excellent detail and colour. v1 is my pick
Steve

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sunshot  9 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 8:54 AM

absolutely stunning detail in these three shots carol, gets my user

marc

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 8:55 AM

A trio of superb macro shots Carol - wonderful colours, textures and detail. V1 for me - love the face Smile
Sylvia

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GalleryGirl
7 May 2009 - 9:04 AM

Amazing close detail. You were brave!
Marilyn x

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7 May 2009 - 9:10 AM

Great macros

Peter

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 9:33 AM

Love all three images. The colours really glow. Scary or not, he's a star!

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Rachel99
Rachel99  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 10:15 AM

No idea what it is but I won't be trying to find one any time soon! Looks nasty. Brilliant shots as always. The detail of the head in V3 is just stunning

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

WOW! Carol---IMO these are one of my favourites from you,Brilliant Capture and presentation
Regards
Pete

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SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 10:31 AM

Beautiful well composed close-ups. Superb fine detail and colour. Excellent presentation.
Steve.

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 10:50 AM

Magnificent close-ups, Carol. What an ugly bug!
Sandra

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SoulOfNature
7 May 2009 - 11:03 AM

Absolutely stunning images,all so well presented and with great detail.

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Mikelane  7 Wales
7 May 2009 - 11:05 AM

This is brilliant carol,fabulous detail ,congrats on featured photo regards
Mike x

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kishanm14  6 India
7 May 2009 - 11:12 AM

Wonderful micro shots.

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kraziteach
7 May 2009 - 11:33 AM

Another great one!
These bugs are so beautifully ugly!
regards
Pam

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bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 11:51 AM

wow what an amazing creature
bunSmile

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 12:33 PM

Brilliant such a high standard
Mavis

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lonely_oryx
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7 May 2009 - 1:07 PM

Excellent macro work

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PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 1:35 PM

Breathtaking macro work!

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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 1:42 PM

Stunning set of images and fantastic close ups. Gary

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7 May 2009 - 2:16 PM

excellent macro

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dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 2:31 PM

that is a big looking insect, and very nicely captured with excellent detail carol.
regards
Yung

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 2:57 PM

What brilliant macro work Caro, three superb captures and so well detailed.
Bob

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 4:12 PM

Awesome again Carol..cant beleve the detail you are getting from that compact.......worth another award for sure.....
Gerry

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danbrann e2 Member 10495 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 4:19 PM

Stunning.

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KP  5 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 5:24 PM

Blimey that is good

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 5:49 PM

Chocolate eyes !

Carol this is superb work.

Rock

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7 May 2009 - 5:52 PM

Stunning work and detail Carol

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betts  6 England
7 May 2009 - 5:54 PM

Again stunning......... Carol how do you get them so sharp,
betts

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
7 May 2009 - 6:25 PM

Excellent! V2 is stunning. JNC

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brianhaslam
7 May 2009 - 6:33 PM

I'd be scared of those eyes too.

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 6:56 PM

a good set, my fav is v1.congrats on the user award.lesley

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DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 7:03 PM

Top notch macro images. Andy

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7 May 2009 - 7:11 PM

Carol you have done it again, such a beautiful set of pic's. They are truely amazing.
Vanda

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dorset_mum
7 May 2009 - 7:27 PM

Three excellent images, such sharp detail.
Jan

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7 May 2009 - 7:59 PM

A brilliant trio, v1 for me.
Christine

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microchip  7 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 - 7:59 PM

Cracking macro shots Carol pin sharp detail in each,

Alan

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7 May 2009 - 8:27 PM

Excellent close ups Carol

Stace

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Stunning close up and a lovely set of images.

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gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 8:40 PM

V2 for me Carol, I think it's superb!
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7 May 2009 - 9:56 PM

Excellent macro's Carol - first class.....Bill

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2009 - 11:05 PM

Stunning macro images. Think Karen has got it right in her ID as a bee mimicking hover fly.
Paul

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CherryMartin
8 May 2009 - 4:55 AM

Wow Carol, how do you do it? These are awesome girl.

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8 May 2009 - 6:34 AM

Fantastic close ups Carol
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8 May 2009 - 7:45 AM

Wonderful close ups but, not sure I like the look of hime very much he looks a bit menacing...

Nicky

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whiteswan01
8 May 2009 - 11:06 AM

wow another set of beauty great detail
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8 May 2009 - 1:04 PM

amazing

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8 May 2009 - 4:22 PM

stunning - Jonathan

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iancam  6 England
8 May 2009 - 6:17 PM

Fantastic set Carol
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jgmford  7 England
8 May 2009 - 9:08 PM

Stunning series of Macro captures, fantastic detail and super lighting, love the colours. Who do you do it. Keep them comeing look forward to next uploads.
Jeff

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Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2009 - 12:49 AM

BRILLIANT

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Ayelet_A  6 Israel3 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2009 - 3:49 PM

WOW!!
Brings a new meaning to the term - "Head on"...Smile

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10 May 2009 - 10:59 PM

Terrific close ups,
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Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2009 - 11:52 PM

Now as a nurse I've done anatomy but your pyra what??? Sorry Carol just couldn't resist this is an amazing trio. Ina

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11 May 2009 - 6:08 PM

fantastic trio,great macro work,very inspiring

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Somenath  6 India
13 May 2009 - 6:41 AM

nice shots.

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13 May 2009 - 6:17 PM

A stupendous set of close up shots the detail is amazing, you are definitely using your camera to its full potential

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