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Chrysotoxum festivum

Paul Iddon

I'm sure this is the first time I have photographed Chrysotoxum festivum - some call it the the harlequin hoverfly. Got a bonus wasp in the first image.




Paul, you've captured a wonderful example of Batesian mimicry. Those conspicuous yellow and back stripes spell "dangerous" in the insect world. What better than a harmless syrphid should look like a wasp.

Paul Iddon

Thanks Maris.

Hook-barred Spearhorn, and Hook-banded wasp hoverfly are two other common names given to this Syrphidae species. It's especially nice to find one her - there apparently is only a narrow band of area across the UK where they are seen.