Scarce Orange Legionnaire - Beris clavipes
The scarcer of the two Beris species with a black thorax and orange abdomen. Easily separable from the other (B. vallata) by the entirely (or almost entirely) orange hind tibiae. The female also has much darker wings than vallata, and these can obscure the orange abdomen when folded.
Usually found in the vicinity of wetlands or flowing water, especially where shrubs and trees are present.
Adults peak in May and June (peaking a few weeks before vallata).
The larvae have been found in wet moss.
Widespread but local and infrequently recorded in England and Wales.
Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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