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20.10.14 The Creature from the Back Bathroom

20 October 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

Sue emailed in with a photo of a mystery beast:

"I am hoping that might be able to identify this for me. I found two of them in a spare bathroom about a week ago and they are getting quite active now ! I should be most interested to hear what they are !"

Sue's mystery monster
Sue's mystery monster

Hmmm. It's a bit of a blurry photo which I thought, at first, was a woodlouse. Then I thought that Sue would know what a woodlouse is and I looked at it again.

And then it struck me! At this time each year I usually get a photo of some hoverfly larvae sent to me.

I think a few years back someone even found some in their bath too.

It looks like the larvae of a hoverfly called Volucella inanis. It's a big hoverfly with yellow and black markings that make it look like a wasp but, like all hoverflies, they don't sting and are an important pollinators in the garden. The female sneaks into wasps nests and lays her eggs - so, if it is a Volucella larvae - it may mean you had a wasp nest in your roof somewhere above the spare bathroom.

Anyway - here's a photo that I found online. Do you think this is what is lurking in your bath?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinsanford/2978569148/

Sue says

"Thank you so much! That is definitely what it is. I'm very relieved to have it identified."

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