Athalia liberta


Length 5 to 7 mm. Mainly orange with just the dorsal surface of the thorax black. Legs with black rings as with most Athalia species.

Similar Species

Very similar to Athalia cornubiae and females can only be separated by microscopic examination of the hypopygium. Males cannot be separated.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats.

When to see it

Summer and early autumn.

Life History

The larvae are found on crucifers such as Hairy Bitter-cress and Hedge Mustard.

UK Status

Widespread and seemingly uncommon, but almost certainly under recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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