54. Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii). This is one of around 6000 species of hoverfly worldwide and one of 200 in the UK. Some hoverflies bear similarity to wasps and others to bees including bumblebees. This hoverfly is common in the UK. There are also very similar species in the UK and each species can only be identified by small distinguishing features.
63. Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). This wonderful honey bee was buzzing around our flowering ivy a few weeks ago. Honey bees have been in decline over recent years, so it is good news that this year's honey crop is four times greater than the crop in 2012.
Volucella zonaria (female). One of largest UK hoverflies, easily recognised by its yellow- and black-banded abdomen plus shining chestnut thoracic dorsum and scutellum. Front part of wings orange/brown.