Another day at home, another walk round the fields, another lifer.
Today I took a leaf out of Erica McAlister’s book, who appeared on Springwatch Unsprung last night, and found this fly which I believe is the fascinating Volucella bombylans. This hoverfly is an amazing bumblebee mimic, which comes in multiple colour forms. Mine was the red-tailed form (var. bombylans).
Volucella bombylans var. bombylans
I’m not too surprised that this challenge is proving achievable so far, but I’m surprised at the quality of species that I’m ticking, though this could change by the end of the month. I’ll try my best!