Volucella inflata


    There is a strong resemblance to the more common species V. pellucens except that the markings on tergite 2 are deep orange, as is the thorax.

    Identification difficulty

    Heavily wooded areas and mainly restricted to ancient semi-natural woodland.

    When to see it

    May to September peaking in June and July.

    Life History

    Associated with the sap runs on trees.

    UK Status

    Records are largely confined south of a line between the Severn and the Wash. Local even in this area, but can be fairly frequent in the most suitable locations.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Burbage Wood record of May 2011 may be the first record for VC55 although it is well recorded in nearby Northamptonshire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map