Spotted this cool fly last weekend - a pellucid hover fly (Volucella pellucens, DK: Hvidbåndet Humlesvirreflue), a large & quite pretty fly which parasitises on hornets (gedehamse), laying its eggs within the nest, where its larvae then feed on hornet larvae (and cadavers of dead adult hornets). The adult flies feed on pollen and nectar from especially white flowers. Amazing life style! #insects #biodiversity #wildaarhus #stavtrupnatur #flies #hoverflies #svirreflue #biology #nature #animals #forest #woodland #aarhus June 2019

Spotted this cool fly last weekend - a pellucid hover fly (Volucella pellucens, DK: Hvidbåndet Humlesvirreflue), a large & quite pretty fly which parasitises on hornets (gedehamse), laying its eggs within the nest, where its larvae then feed on hornet larvae (and cadavers of dead adult hornets). The adult flies feed on pollen and nectar from especially white flowers. Amazing life style! #insects #biodiversity #wildaarhus #stavtrupnatur #flies #hoverflies #svirreflue #biology #nature #animals #forest #woodland #aarhus June 2019