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This species is very similar to E. arbustorum, sharing the variation in colour and pattern on the abdomen. It can be distinguished by a close look at the arista (the very thin projection from its antennae), which is virtually hairless. Also the mid tibia is entirely pale whereas the other similar species have a dark tip to their mid tibia.
Marshland and coastal areas.
March to October peaking in July.
Larvae have been reported from the mud at the edge of a pond.
It is widespread in the UK and tends to be more common at coastal areas.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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