Bird Watching (UK)

Not a wasp

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High summer is great for watching hoverflies. The genus Chrysotoxu­m – no English names here, I’m afraid – comprises eight UK species of large and smart insects. Collective­ly these wasp mimics range over almost the whole of Britain – and location can help determine which species you are looking at. This is Chrysotoxu­m cautum, which favours grasslands and sunny rides in southern England and Wales.

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