Criorhina ranunculi (Panzer, [1804])
Criorhina ranunculi is one of the large Bumble bee mimicing hoverflies, which flies during the early Spring/Summer period. It is often recorded at Sallow blossom, where it will chase Bumble bees with vigour. There are two colour forms, either with a white or red tip to the abdomen. In the photographs below, the lower right photograph was sent to us by Pauline Bradford and photographed at Dyscarr Wood (May 2014) in the north of Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Criorhina ranunculi
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Brian Wetton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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