We saw this in our garden in Dorset yesterday. It was approximately 1 inch long, with a large abdomen and bold black and yellow markings. Would really love to know what it is.

Post's pictures

IMG_20140726_183331.jpg, 725.87 kb, 3264 x 2448

Definitely a hoverfly. See here for my best ID/guess given the size.

http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers … p?id=11125

Yep, female Volucella zonaria. More info here: http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=45