Ah…this next one is a tricky one.
Q. When is a wasp not a wasp?
A. When it’s a hoverfly! Click on the link to see the wikipedia entry with a poster of 16 different species of hover fly.
According to Wikipedia
Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators.
This particular one is Syrphus ribesii.
You can check out an awesome and exquisitely detailed close-up shot of the Grey Striped Fly over at Bug Shots.wordpress.com
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