Common Orange Legionnaire - Beris vallata
Length 5-6 mm. The Beris genus is typified by having six spines along the base of the scutellum.
B. vallata has a mainly orange abdomen. The male's wings are dark but the female's are fairly clear.
B. vallata can be distinguished from the similar B. clavipes by its hind leg tibia being half black and half orange (it is all orange on B. clavipes).
There are 6 British species in the Beris genus and these can usually be distinguished by the combination of abdomen and leg colours. See our ID Guide to Beris species.
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Found on vegetation in moist habitats such as marshes and wet woodland
May - September
Common throughout Britain
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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