A distinctive species with a unique wing pattern. The scutellum and sides of the thorax are a pale creamy colour and the eyes can appear orangey-green.
Anywhere that the host plant Spear Thistle is present.
The female lays her eggs in the flower heads of thistles, usually Spear Thistle, causing them to swell and damage seeds. They are sometimes used in weed control against thistles.
Fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain, but very few records from Scotland.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland
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