Common Orange Legionnaire

Beris vallata


Over all length 5 - 6mm. This species has a shiny, black thorax and an orange abdomen. The male has a murky orange abdomen and smoky wings. The female has clear wings, with a dark stigma.


Prefers damp habitats such as marshes but can be found along damp woodland edges. Found along Willow Walk on the reserve.

Status and distribution

Common and found throughout Britain. Regular on the reserve.

Best time to see

May to September.