Volucella is a genus of large, broad-bodied, dramatic hover-flies. They have distinctive plumose aristas and the face is extended downward.1 They are strongly migratory and males are often territorial. Adults feed on nectar of flowers and are often seen sunning on leaves. The larvae of most species live in nests of bumblebees and social wasps, where they are detritivores and larval predators.2
Volucella bombylans var. bombylans female
Volucella bombylans var. plumata female
Volucella inanis female
Volucella pellucens female
Volucella inflata female
Volucella zonaria female
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- Stubbs, Alan E. and Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp.
- Ichige, Katsuyoshi. "Japanese Hoverfly photograph collection". Mito-city, Japan. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
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