Found this little fella in our South London garden a few days ago.

Never seen anything like that before!

Bright orange stripes, bright red body and shiny bronze head...

Apologies photo not too good my camera wasn't readily to hand.

Any ideas?



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I would say that you are likely to have a female hornet hoverfly Volucella zonaria. The females have a bright yellow band separating the eyes, which is what *seems* to be shown on your photo.