Pellucid Fly

The pellucid fly belongs to the hoverflies and with its length of 2.5 cm is larger than the average hoverfly.

Also known as:
Pellucid Hoverfly

Do not confuse with:
European hornet (Vespa crabro)

recognize pellucid fly (hoverfly) in relation to a hornet
Pellucid fly, photo: Alvesgaspar - CC BY-SA 3.0

Pellucid fly (Volucella zonaria). The pellucid fly belongs to the hoverflies (Syrphidae) and with its length of 2.5 cm is larger than most hoverflies.
The pellucid fly lives on nectar and pollen. This hoverfly has a sting, but does not sting. Because of that sting and its resemblance to the European hornet (Vespa crabro), the pellucid fly keeps enemies at bay.
The larvae of the city giant live at the bottom of wasp nests where they live on dead wasps. The larvae overwinter in the wasp nest to pupate into the next generation the following year.
The pellucid fly prefers urban buildings and occurs in much of Europe. As the summers get warmer, pellucid flies will be seen more and more often in wooded hedgerows and gardens.

Where to find

  • Urban environment

Control

The pellucid fly is not harmful, it does not sting.

Prevention

Does not apply.

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