Need some help identifying this flying insect

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    We've noticed small flying insects entering and leaving the gaps between our retaining railway sleepers. They're like very small wasps, but with narrower banding so they appear to have more bands than the common wasp. They're also in quite small numbers, with only up to half a dozen or so visible at any one time. And they don't appear to be aggressive. I've tried photographing them but its difficult to focus on them they're so small. My wife says they're wasps and that she reckons they've built a nest in the sleepers (?). I'm not so sure though.
     
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    Possibly Hoverflies...
     
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    All you need to know about insect identification is :

    - Will it sting you, for something to do ?
    - Will it bring you disease ?

    Beyond that, we need not care.
     
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    said David Attenborough never......
     
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    I know heaps about entomology, me.
     
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    I've twice been asked to attend to a wasp in the house and they have turned out to be masonry bees, which seem to be emerging about now. So if the banding isn't a bright yellow, they may be bees.
     
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    Nice to see lots of bees around again.

    Looks like our alien overlords have moved on to something else... the walnuts on top of Walnut Whips perhaps? :)
     
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    Yeah I was thinking that. Apparently some species are "false wasps" which use the yellow and black banding of a common wasp to make their predators think twice before attacking them. The missus still isn't convinced though.
     
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    Can you try and get even a blurry photo?
     
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    I can indeed. These are the best I can do unfortunately.

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    Bees, Wasps, Ants | NatureSpot

    We had some a while back that were leaf cutters (more like skin grafters as they would peel some of the leaf) and then make single nests in the screw holes under my table bench with the leafs. I'm guessing each one had a young one in there.

    Was quite a sight to watch.
     
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    AFAIK it's the flying pattern that distinguishes hoverflies - the clue being in the "hover" part of the name. That's what they do - hover, dart off, up a bit, down a bit, hover a bit more, repeat.

    Wasps just fly about in a typical flying insect way, bit like house flies but slower.

    This is our pet hoverfly in the garden pond-

    Hoverfly.jpg
     
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    They appear to be sawflies of some sort, not too sure which, there are loads like that. figwort sawfly is a possibility
     
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