Body length 4 - 7mm. A genus with twelve very similar British species. All the species are black with varying amounts of yellow on their faces, the males having more yellow than the females.
A wide range of habitats are used including gardens, hedgerows and brown field sites.
Status and distribution
Common and well distributed in the southern half of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to September.