This species is very hard to distinguish from S. ribesii unless looking at the rear legs of the female: S. ribesii is all yellow whereas S. vitripennis has a black femur (top segment of leg).
Frequents a wide range of habitats.
March to November peaking slightly in May, but most abundant in July and August.
The larvae feed on aphids and are considered a useful garden species for this reason. It is a noted migrant.
Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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