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Volucella pellucens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Subfamily: Eristalinae
Tribe: Volucellini
Genus: Volucella
(Geoffroy, 1762)

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Volucella is a genus of large, broad-bodied, dramatic hover-flies. They have distinctive plumose aristas and the face is extended downward.[1] They are strongly migratory and males are often territorial. Adults feed on nectar of flowers and are often seen sunning on leaves. The larvae of most species live in nests of bumblebees and social wasps, where they are detritivores and larval predators.[2]




  1. ^ Coe, R.L. (1953). Diptera: Syrphidae, Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects Vol 10 Pt 1. Royal Entomological Society of London. pp. 98pp. 
  2. ^ Stubbs, Alan E. & Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp. 
  3. ^ a b c Ichige, Katsuyoshi. "Japanese Hoverfly photograph collection". Mito-city, Japan. Retrieved 5 August 2009.