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Length 8 to 13 mm. The body is mainly reddish-brown or yellow-brown. The head is yellow, quite large and inflated-looking, with a kind of bubble at the front, narrow cheeks and short antennae. The large eyes are reddish. When in resting position the abdomen is usually folded forward.
Hedgerows and flower meadows.
May through to September.
Feeds on nectar or pollen of various flowering plants.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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