Wing length 10 to 15 mm. A shining, black looking species; the thorax is black, with more or less extensive orange markings. The abdomen is entirely black in the male, black with some orange lateral markings in the female ; wings with two large, dark spots, one extending down from stigmatic area to the discal cell, the other, somewhat smaller, situated at the wing apex ; legs orange, femora and tibiae black-tipped, tarsi blackish.
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Damp, well wooded areas.
April to July.
Quite widespread in England and parts of Wales, not as well recorded from further north.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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