Volucella zonaria (Poda, 1761)
A very large Hoverfly and one which we believe is still rare (but increasing) in Nottinghamshire. Volucella zonaria is another of the Hornet mimics, but much larger than the impressive Volucella inanis. This one turned in a Mapperly garden in early August 2010 (possible seventh county record) and was feeding in company with two V. inanis.

Details of the known (up to 2010) Nottinghamshire records of Volucella zonaria which have been made known to us following a request for information include single adults at Attenborough NR 2007 (Richard Rogers); Woodthorpe 2008 (J. Ziskind); Wollaton 2008 (J. Clough); Attenborough NR 2009 (Richard Rogers) and Cotgrave 2010 (C. Howat).

Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Volucella zonaria
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Tim Sexton. Lawrence Archibald. J. Ziskind. Jerry Clough. Craig Howat. Adrian Dutton. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Rob Johnson. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Darren Matthews. Michael Blount. Mike Hill. Robert and Jill Carlyle. Peter Acton. Linda Adams. Tom Hibbert. Simon Barsby. Michael Craven. Chloe Ryder. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Barry Lygo. Tom Shields.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated March 2021

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