This cute fly was keeping me company while making another smyrna cushion; she was very relaxed and not at all pushy, actually I liked her. When I was a kid, I had a similar fly in my collection, although I remember her with a fully translucent abdomen; could be my childlike imagination :-) Anyway, I got help from an expert who suggested this fly was likely the volucella pellucens, and yes, it was her!
By the way, I collected insects when I was a young girl and I have to admit, the urge is still there to go and find me an empty jar when I see a beauty like this, lucky for her I was to busy with the cushion :-)
I'm so glad for the many responses on my Metropolis project, thanks a lot everybody! I was making this series for a project I'm participating in September; I will tell you more about it later. My webshop is somewhat delayed now, I'm sorry for that. Too much work with the project.