A week in the winter garden [3] by dibzgreasley

A week in the winter garden [3]

Continuing with my posts of creatures who thrive on the garden outside the dining room window... What is this? Some kind of wasp or a variety of bee? Anyone know? I was amazed at the clarity of the markings on the body!
I don't know many of the scientific names, so if you do, please let me know, thanks!
Thank you all for the love shown on yesterday's butterfly!
It's a great capture of a Hover Fly but I don't know which one as there are more than 6000 species in the Diptera order to which they belong!
June 12th, 2018  
Great shot, excellent focus and DOF
June 12th, 2018  
wonderful focus debs - these critters don't stay still for long!
June 12th, 2018  
I thought it was a wasp, but I don't know about hover flies. I just try to stay away from these things. Smile. Nice close up.
June 12th, 2018  
Great picture. Nice close-up. Way too close. Hover fly or bee...makes me want to back away.
June 12th, 2018  
Super capture and details
June 12th, 2018  
Great close up.
June 12th, 2018  
nice close-up
June 13th, 2018  
A fabulous close up
June 13th, 2018  
@vignouse
Hoverfly is good enough - thanks for letting me know. I like to put things in categories.
June 13th, 2018  
@henrir @dood14
I'm normally wary of stinging insects too, but I've been standing in amongst these creatures for a while now to get close and I've not been stung. Maybe they can feel that I come in peace.
June 13th, 2018  
@dibzgreasley @dood14 @henrir Hoverflies can neither sting nor bite so are harmless. This makes them vulnerable which is why many resemble bees or wasps so as to warn off potential predators - this form of disguise is known as Batesian Mimicry.
June 13th, 2018  
@vignouse How clever nature is! Thanks Richard.
June 13th, 2018  
I probably wouldn't get close enough to find out. Nice clear shot. Time to go to Google to identify it.
June 13th, 2018  
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