The fly with the big butt

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Saturday 10 July 2010 16:13

I got this shot of the nationally scarce deadwood hoverfly, Volucella inflata last week feeding on Brambles on the edge of Badlands. It is very easy to ID and it has a very broad abdomen, hence the big butt. I have seen this fly in the glades at Ebernoe too. In 'The Invertebrates of Living and Decaying Timber' it states the larvae live in sap-runs, probably eating other larvae. It is the only Volucella hoverfly associated with deadwood.

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