Who knows what this monster bug is? It is the first one I have ever seen. It looks like a combination between a bee, a hoverfly and a cicada! It is much bigger than a hoverfly; about the size of a small Bumble Bee.
This is a different sort of bug - but equally unknown to me. A fly of some sort, judging by those huge eyes.
I don't know. Is the first one a hornet?ReplyDelete
They are both from a family of Tabanoidae I think.ReplyDelete
I don't know what they are, but I don't think I like them.ReplyDelete
If they are horseflies they can give a nasty bite so watch out.ReplyDelete
Wish we could see the things that have been biting us coming - they sneak up on us unawares.
Mark that thing is huge, and pretty ugly! If I were a caterpillar I'd run screaming at the sight of it, so it can't be too bad a thing to have in your garden.ReplyDelete
Wow, great photos.ReplyDelete
Hey Mark I've nominated you for an award. :)
The yellow and black combination is one of the most attractive colour combination in nature. The first bug seems to have "DANGER" written all over it. I would have thought it is a hornet, but I can't see its stinger at the bottom.ReplyDelete
I am loving your blog Mark! I tell my husband you are my go to guy for all things veg. I just awarded you the 'versatile blogger' award for all the great advice and fantastic photos http://jileenharkins.blogspot.com/2011/08/versatile-blogger-award.html Your blog really encouraged me to get out there and get a' digging! CheersReplyDelete
Not sure about the flying insects but good photos. The Hergest Croft photos you posted a few days ago are really fab, not just your photography but what a great garden! Re: yesterday post, your celeriac looks ready to eat, my bulbs are underground rather than on top (maybe I planted too deeply or maybe they're not ready?). I've workmen in the house last week and this week - very hectic & not much time to garden unfortunately.ReplyDelete
Not sure you will see this but i came across your blog after finding the same onster bug as you. After a lot of hunting it turns out that it is a Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for taking the trouble to let me know!Delete
This monster can it sting?Delete
I was came across your site looking for an answer on the same question. I've found it! It's a Volucella zonaria.