Criorhina floccosa

This is a fairly large, hairy bumblebee mimic with a chestnut coloured thorax and distinctive white tufts of hair. Length 16mm.

The larvae feed on rotting wood, and the adults maybe observed feeding on the nectar of flowers or basking in the sun on vegetation.

Seen June and July. Found in wooded areas. A widespread but scarce species, more frequent in southern Britain.

Photographs of Criorhina floccosa taken June 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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