Wing length 7 to 9.75mm. Very like the pale form of M. auricollis, but with bands of yellow across tergites 3 and 4 and the spots on tergite 2 are broad and blunt.
Woodland, woodland edge. The adults can be seen on flowers, especially bramble but also umbellifers. The larvae feed on ground aphids, mainly in trees.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to September.