The species can be variable in terms of both size and colour with a wing length usually between 6.5 and 10 mm. It has broad yellow lunate markings on tergites 3 and 4 which don't reach the outer edge.
Open habitats: patches of flowers in arable fields, meadows, road verges, hedgerows, gardens, etc.
March to November with an increase in numbers during May, but with the main peak from July to September.
This is a migrant species and can fly long distances.
This species is common particularly in the southern half of Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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