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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 17 4 United States
7 May 2009 5:45AM
Amazing macro shots.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 21 Wales
7 May 2009 5:48AM
You wouldn't have got me this close.Excellent close ups Carol.
Tom.
Angi_Wallace 13 310 11 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 5:50AM
My votes go for V2 and V3. Angi
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 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 13 9 4 England
7 May 2009 6:01AM
Good macro work, Carol.
Graham
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
7 May 2009 6:06AM
All are good
Ray42 13 3 England
7 May 2009 6:35AM
Nice work as usual - got me stumped this time!!
madbilly 12 1 4 England
7 May 2009 6:57AM
usual high quality Carol and I think its some variety of bee.
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:11AM
excellent love v3 no idea what they are....

linda
KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 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 20 920 24 England
7 May 2009 7:28AM
Really good work as ever Carol with these larger than life images.

Albert
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:36AM
I agree, quite an evil looking guy, but you have captured him really well, especially in V1.

Phil.
Cor 12 Belgium
7 May 2009 7:39AM
Stunning- Superb!
Cor.
7 May 2009 7:46AM
Morning Carol, another wonderful set of images your garden is so full of surprises, well done.

Dougie
Nettles 14 England
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.
Annette
DolphinLady 15 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...
Hilary
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:03AM
WOW, anmazing macros
Scott
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:09AM
How do you do this ???
Every day fantastic shots
Fab stuff
dianah 15 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.
Di
Steve_S Plus
15 183 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:43AM
Superb captures Carol, excellent detail and colour. v1 is my pick
Steve
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:54AM
absolutely stunning detail in these three shots carol, gets my user

marc
teocali 13 442 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
Sylvia
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 9:04AM
Amazing close detail. You were brave!
Marilyn x
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
7 May 2009 9:10AM
Great macros

Peter
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
7 May 2009 9:33AM
Love all three images. The colours really glow. Scary or not, he's a star!
Rachel99 12 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 13 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:22AM
WOW! Carol---IMO these are one of my favourites from you,Brilliant Capture and presentation
Regards
Pete
SteveMoulding 12 3 7 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:31AM
Beautiful well composed close-ups. Superb fine detail and colour. Excellent presentation.
Steve.
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 10:50AM
Magnificent close-ups, Carol. What an ugly bug!
Sandra
SoulOfNature 13 23 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 11:03AM
Absolutely stunning images,all so well presented and with great detail.

Jean x
Mikelane 14 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!
regards
Pam
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 11:51AM
wow what an amazing creature
bunSmile
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 12:33PM
Brilliant such a high standard
Mavis
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
7 May 2009 1:07PM
Excellent macro work
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
7 May 2009 1:35PM
Breathtaking macro work!
Growmore 12 4 3 England
7 May 2009 1:42PM
Stunning set of images and fantastic close ups. Gary
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 2:16PM
excellent macro
dmhuynh72 13 47 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 2:31PM
that is a big looking insect, and very nicely captured with excellent detail carol.
regards
Yung
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
7 May 2009 2:57PM
What brilliant macro work Caro, three superb captures and so well detailed.
Bob
gerrymac 14 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.....
Gerry
danbrann 17 640 17
7 May 2009 4:19PM
Stunning.
KP 12 6 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 5:24PM
Blimey that is good
Rock 19 10 2 England
7 May 2009 5:49PM
Chocolate eyes !

Carol this is superb work.

Rock
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
7 May 2009 5:52PM
Stunning work and detail Carol
betts 13 1 England
7 May 2009 5:54PM
Again stunning......... Carol how do you get them so sharp,
betts
Excellent! V2 is stunning. JNC
7 May 2009 6:33PM
I'd be scared of those eyes too.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
7 May 2009 6:56PM
a good set, my fav is v1.congrats on the user award.lesley
DOGSBODY 13 1.4k 30 England
7 May 2009 7:03PM
Top notch macro images. Andy
vandalp 13
7 May 2009 7:11PM
Carol you have done it again, such a beautiful set of pic's. They are truely amazing.
Vanda
7 May 2009 7:27PM
Three excellent images, such sharp detail.
Jan
7 May 2009 7:59PM
A brilliant trio, v1 for me.
Christine
microchip 14 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 7:59PM
Cracking macro shots Carol pin sharp detail in each,

Alan
Stace 13 2 2 England
7 May 2009 8:27PM
Excellent close ups Carol

Stace
Stunning close up and a lovely set of images.
7 May 2009 8:40PM
V2 for me Carol, I think it's superb!
Gill
goso 15 2 1 Australia
7 May 2009 9:56PM
Excellent macro's Carol - first class.....Bill
Paul_cats 15 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.
Paul
CherryMartin 13 10 United States
8 May 2009 4:55AM
Wow Carol, how do you do it? These are awesome girl.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
8 May 2009 6:34AM
Fantastic close ups Carol
Helen
nickyv32 14 135 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...

Nicky
whiteswan01 13 13 England
8 May 2009 11:06AM
wow another set of beauty great detail
Dawn
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2009 1:04PM
amazing
jonathanbp 13 99 Thailand
8 May 2009 4:22PM
stunning - Jonathan
iancam 13 23 England
8 May 2009 6:17PM
Fantastic set Carol
Ian
jgmford 14 England
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.
Jeff
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
9 May 2009 12:49AM
BRILLIANT
Ayelet_A 13 11 3 Israel
9 May 2009 3:49PM
WOW!!
Brings a new meaning to the term - "Head on"...Smile

Ayelet
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2009 10:59PM
Terrific close ups,
Johanna
Gezina 15 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
15 15 1 United Kingdom
11 May 2009 6:08PM
fantastic trio,great macro work,very inspiring
13 May 2009 6:41AM
nice shots.
Glostopcat 15 255 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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