Common Orange Legionnaire - Beris vallata

    Alternative names
    Orange Legionnaire

    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).

    Similar Species

    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

    When to see it

    May - September

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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