Volucella inanis


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.

Similar Species
Identification difficulty

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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