Volucella inanis

    Description

    Somewhat smaller than the similiar V. zonaria and with yellow rather than chestnut markings on tergite (segment) 2 and more extensive yellow on the underside of the abdomen. It looks more wasp-like than hornet-like.

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    Habitat

    Flower meadows, roadside verges and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    It can be found from June to September, peaking in early August.

    Life History

    This species is a parasite of wasp larvae, including Hornets.

    UK Status

    Previously found mainly around London, it has been steadily expanding its range northwards and its range now reaches a line from the Wash to the Severn, although even in this area it is quite local, and infrequent much of the time.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but seems to be getting more frequent in our area.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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