Length 8 to 13 mm. This is a mainly black robber fly, but the front two pairs of legs are orange with a dark stripe along the upper surface. It also has a pale stripe on the side of the thorax.
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Hedgerows and meadows.
May to August.
Predatory on other insects.
Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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