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Hornet Hoverfly

By barrywebb  
This Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) was taken a couple of weeks ago in the garden. I was convinced it was a hornet when it was in flight but when it landed on a bramble flower to feed I realised what it was. I managed to grab this shot before it flew off. A while later it returned and landed on a leaf right next to me! It stayed longer and I was able to get more shots (see version). The Hornet mimic Hoverfly is the largest in Britain.

Tags: Fly Hoverfly Insect Insect close up Close-up and macro Volucella zonaria Garden wildlife Insects macro Focus stacked Hornet mimic Hoverfly

Voters: mike9005, rontear, Badgerfred and 35 more

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13 Jul 2019 8:33PM
Excellent macro, Barry.

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1 18
13 Jul 2019 8:44PM
Wonderful shot SmileSmile
Superb capture

13 Jul 2019 9:11PM
Amazing macro work Barry. 😀😀😀😀
13 Jul 2019 9:26PM
Excellent, detailed macro series.

Beautifully detailed image Barry the colours are beautiful.

Many years ago before I was on this earth my Dad and my Mums brother were walking down a country lane,
Look Les my Uncle Jim cried theres a Bees nest hanging in that tree.
Approaching it my Uncle Jim decided in his infinite wisdom to poke it with his stick my Dad shouted no but to late was the cry and out shot not bees but hornets at the point both of them hi tailed down the lane realising
They were not going to make it from the angry swarm they both dived into a very convenient ditch which was full of water.
Thankfully the swarm passed on by however trouble was awaiting when they got back covered in mud and wet through sympathy was not forthcoming.

The morel of the story is donít innocent looking poke objects with sticks unless you have a very
quick pair of heels.


mac Plus
18 3 Scotland
14 Jul 2019 12:25AM
I prefer V1 but both are great examples of macro photography.
KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
14 Jul 2019 6:24AM
Two gorgeous images, full of wonderful colours and details!
14 Jul 2019 11:56AM
Another beauty...
Two superb images, excellent detail and colour.

gill_f Plus
15 122 England
20 Jul 2019 11:08PM

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