Body length 3 - 4mm. Small and light tan in colour. There is another similar species, Byturus ochraceus, which has much larger eyes than B. tomentosus.
The adults can be found in a variety of flowers, feeding on the pollen. The larvae develop in fruit, especially blackberries and raspberries.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in the south of Britain and less common further north. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to July.