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Volucella zonaria

Volucella zonaria
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-05 8:52
Viewed: 914
Points: 8
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Volucella zonaria (Poda, 1761)
Diptera: Syrphidae

Volucella is a genus of large, broad-bodied, dramatic hover-flies. They have distinctive plumose aristas and the face is extended downward. 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.(Wikipedia)
V. zonaria can be confused with V. inanis. The key diference is the color of 2nd sternite. It is chestnut brown not yellow . Lastly, and this is the clincher, look at the second tergite on the underside. It is black on V. zonaria and yellow in V. inanis.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-05 11:02]

Hello Nikos,
Excellent macro on this Hoverfly. Spot on exposure with the great colors and sharp detail. Nice shot!
Regards Siggi

Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely hoverfly, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Super macro Nikos.

Thanks for sharing.


Pretty nice capture of this rather big Hoverfly, Nikos.
Excellent sharpness and details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-06 11:27]

Hello Nikos,
Nice macro of this hover-fly in good sharpness and fine contrasting colours.

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