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A striking hoverfly with a white band across the upper abdomen and black wing patches that align with the black abdominal band. In the male, the white band on tergite 2 can often be darker. Both sexes have an obvious yellow-orange scutellum that immediately distinguishes this species from Volucella pellucens, the only other similar hoverfly.
Lush herbaceous vegetation in damp woodland and well wooded areas.
May to August peaking in May and June. It is seen mainly in the spring as it suns on vegetation.
Rare fresh specimens in August indicate a partial second brood.
A common hoverfly throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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