Body length 10 - 22mm. The antennae are beautifully banded in black and powder-blue. The pronotum is dark grey with a central and two lateral, creamy longitudinal stripes. The elytra are dark grey with golden hairs that gradually rub off during the life of the beetle.
Woodland edge and hedgerows where the adults feed on the leaves of umbellifers such as Hogweed and the larvae feed inside the stems, also of some thistles.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in central and eastern England but not the far south or west. Absent from Wales and Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to June.