Over all length 7 - 10mm. This species has a black body with dull, orange/brown markings on the abdomen and an orange scutellum. The wings have two spots on each. This is the only British species in this genus that has pale hind tarsi.
It can be found on emergent vegetation around ponds but also muddy puddles along woodland rides. The larvae feed on decaying vegetable matter.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in most of Britain but avoids acidic water and exposed highlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to October.