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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