Wing length 7 to 9.5mm. This species is most easily distinguished from the other very similar Melangyna species by its very hairy body and early flight period. The scutelum is also darker, with an extensive back rim.
A woodland species, normally found when sallow and prunus species are in flower on which it feeds on the nectar. The larvae are assumed to eat aphids but not well known.
Status and distribution
Widespread and fairly common in Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to June.