Yes it does, it had me fooled looking thorugh Bombus pictures to identify it. But those legs are a bit thin for a bee, the eyes too big and (no mistaking) the antennae are too short and stubby.
It's a hoverfly that mimics bumble bees. But it's so much better than most hoverfly bee mimics. It's also very rare. Last recorded in London in Blackheath in 1966!
This is the rarest thing found at Abney so far and I nearly overlooked it as a bumble bee.
The larvae develop in rot holes high up in old trees (e.g. ash, poplars and beech); more living proof of the importance of Abney's veteran poplars. In fact this species is almost restricted to ancient woodland sites with old beech or poplars. It used to be recorded in London very rarely 1930-1966 at Hampstead Heath, Epping, Richmond Park, etc. It is remakable it has survived in Hackney all these years and it is strong evidence for Abney's SSSI quality deadwood habitat.
All the more reason to stop Sainsbury's trashing Wilmer Place and Abney's boundary veteran poplars.
To object on line now takes only seconds but every extra objection is a vote for Abney's wildlife.
The new planning application is almost identical to the last but they have moved back another 1m from Abney. This is far too little and all the original arguments apply:
We won before and we can win again.
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