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Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens

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Pellucid Fly Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens dylan Great Quarry 16 Jul 2021, 6:55 p.m. 15 Jul 2021, 6:53 p.m.
Pellucid Fly Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens dylan Great Quarry 16 Jul 2021, 6:55 p.m. 15 Jul 2021, 6:53 p.m.
Pellucid Fly Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens dylan Blaise Castle 15 Jun 2023, 9:06 p.m. 15 Jun 2023, 5:57 p.m.
Pellucid Fly Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens dylan Blaise Castle 15 Jun 2023, 9:06 p.m. 15 Jun 2023, 5:58 p.m.
Pellucid Fly Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens dylan Blaise Castle 15 Jun 2023, 9:06 p.m. 15 Jun 2023, 5:58 p.m.

Species Description

Common and widespread throughout the UK especially around Wales and the Bristol Region. Habitats include: hedgerows, woodland, copses etc. Life story: The Female enters the nest of the host and lays her eggs. When the eggs hatch the young larvae drop to the bottom of the nest chamber, where they feed as scavengers on debris. Larvae develop as scavengers and are larval predators in the nests of social wasps (Common and German) and Bumblebees; feeding on the hosts' young and dead adults. Fully grown larvae leave the nest and pupate in the soil below. Adults emerge the following year from about mid-May to June. Diet: Adult: Pollen and Nectar from Brambles, Umbellifers, Devil's-bit Scabious, Ivy, Sambucus, Cornus, Ligustrum, Asteraceae, Common Valerian, Succisa pratensis, Chamerion angustifolium, Urtica dioica. Other names include: Pied Plumehorn. Length: 13 - 17 mm. Wing length: 10 - 15.5 mm. Flight period: May to October (peaks June to July).