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This species can be quite variable in the extent of the yellow striping on its abdomen, some specimens, particularly males, being nearly all black; however the overall pattern is usually similar.
Hot, sunny woodland edges and hedgerows, favouring Blackthorn and Hawthorn.
March to August peaking in May.
It is widespread throughout most of Britain though more scarce in the north.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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