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volucella zonaria

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: PeelNStick, Buffalo_Tom, Angi_Wallace and 104 more

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PeelNStick 12 4 United States
7 May 2009 5:45AM
Amazing macro shots.

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
7 May 2009 5:48AM
You wouldn't have got me this close.Excellent close ups Carol.
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 5:50AM
My votes go for V2 and V3. Angi
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
7 May 2009 6:00AM
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
GrahamNobles 8 9 4 England
7 May 2009 6:01AM
Good macro work, Carol.
7 May 2009 6:06AM
All are good
Ray42 8 3 England
7 May 2009 6:35AM
Nice work as usual - got me stumped this time!!
madbilly 7 1 4 England
7 May 2009 6:57AM
usual high quality Carol and I think its some variety of bee.
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:11AM
excellent love v3 no idea what they are....

KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
7 May 2009 7:13AM
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.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
7 May 2009 7:28AM
Really good work as ever Carol with these larger than life images.

viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:36AM
I agree, quite an evil looking guy, but you have captured him really well, especially in V1.

Cor 7 Belgium
7 May 2009 7:39AM
Stunning- Superb!
7 May 2009 7:46AM
Morning Carol, another wonderful set of images your garden is so full of surprises, well done.

7 May 2009 7:48AM
You are brave Carol, not something to hang about with for too long I think.
3 superb images of this beastie.
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
7 May 2009 7:56AM
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...
7 May 2009 8:03AM
WOW, anmazing macros
7 May 2009 8:09AM
How do you do this ???
Every day fantastic shots
Fab stuff
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:32AM
These are all stunning \Carol and this trio are all so beautiful. Love version 1 in particular.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:43AM
Superb captures Carol, excellent detail and colour. v1 is my pick
sunshot 11 24 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:54AM
absolutely stunning detail in these three shots carol, gets my user

teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
7 May 2009 8:55AM
A trio of superb macro shots Carol - wonderful colours, textures and detail. V1 for me - love the face Smile
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 9:04AM
Amazing close detail. You were brave!
Marilyn x
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
7 May 2009 9:10AM
Great macros

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
7 May 2009 9:33AM
Love all three images. The colours really glow. Scary or not, he's a star!
Rachel99 7 1 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:15AM
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
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:22AM
WOW! Carol---IMO these are one of my favourites from you,Brilliant Capture and presentation
Beautiful well composed close-ups. Superb fine detail and colour. Excellent presentation.
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:50AM
Magnificent close-ups, Carol. What an ugly bug!
7 May 2009 11:03AM
Absolutely stunning images,all so well presented and with great detail.

Jean x
Mikelane 9 1 Wales
7 May 2009 11:05AM
This is brilliant carol,fabulous detail ,congrats on featured photo regards
Mike x
7 May 2009 11:12AM
Wonderful micro shots.
7 May 2009 11:33AM
Another great one!
These bugs are so beautifully ugly!
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 11:51AM
wow what an amazing creature
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 12:33PM
Brilliant such a high standard
7 May 2009 1:07PM
Excellent macro work
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
7 May 2009 1:35PM
Breathtaking macro work!
7 May 2009 1:42PM
Stunning set of images and fantastic close ups. Gary
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 2:16PM
excellent macro
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 2:31PM
that is a big looking insect, and very nicely captured with excellent detail carol.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
7 May 2009 2:57PM
What brilliant macro work Caro, three superb captures and so well detailed.
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 4:12PM
Awesome again Carol..cant beleve the detail you are getting from that compact.......worth another award for sure.....
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
7 May 2009 4:19PM
KP 7 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 5:24PM
Blimey that is good
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
7 May 2009 5:49PM
Chocolate eyes !

Carol this is superb work.

Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
7 May 2009 5:52PM
Stunning work and detail Carol
betts 8 1 England
7 May 2009 5:54PM
Again stunning......... Carol how do you get them so sharp,
Excellent! V2 is stunning. JNC
I'd be scared of those eyes too.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
7 May 2009 6:56PM
a good set, my fav is v1.congrats on the user award.lesley
DOGSBODY 8 1.4k 30 England
7 May 2009 7:03PM
Top notch macro images. Andy
7 May 2009 7:11PM
Carol you have done it again, such a beautiful set of pic's. They are truely amazing.
7 May 2009 7:27PM
Three excellent images, such sharp detail.
7 May 2009 7:59PM
A brilliant trio, v1 for me.
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:59PM
Cracking macro shots Carol pin sharp detail in each,

Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
7 May 2009 8:27PM
Excellent close ups Carol

Stunning close up and a lovely set of images.
7 May 2009 8:40PM
V2 for me Carol, I think it's superb!
goso 10 2 1 Australia
7 May 2009 9:56PM
Excellent macro's Carol - first class.....Bill
Paul_cats 10 61 22 Scotland
7 May 2009 11:05PM
Stunning macro images. Think Karen has got it right in her ID as a bee mimicking hover fly.
8 May 2009 4:55AM
Wow Carol, how do you do it? These are awesome girl.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
8 May 2009 6:34AM
Fantastic close ups Carol
nickyv32 9 135 England
8 May 2009 7:45AM
Wonderful close ups but, not sure I like the look of hime very much he looks a bit menacing...

8 May 2009 11:06AM
wow another set of beauty great detail
8 May 2009 1:04PM
jonathanbp 8 99 Thailand
8 May 2009 4:22PM
stunning - Jonathan
iancam 8 23 England
8 May 2009 6:17PM
Fantastic set Carol
8 May 2009 9:08PM
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.
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
9 May 2009 12:49AM
Ayelet_A 8 11 3 Israel
9 May 2009 3:49PM
Brings a new meaning to the term - "Head on"...Smile

10 May 2009 10:59PM
Terrific close ups,
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
10 May 2009 11:52PM
Now as a nurse I've done anatomy but your pyra what??? Sorry Carol just couldn't resist this is an amazing trio. Ina
michaelo Plus
10 11 1 United Kingdom
11 May 2009 6:08PM
fantastic trio,great macro work,very inspiring
13 May 2009 6:41AM
nice shots.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
13 May 2009 6:17PM
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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