Wing length 7 - 9.5mm. A metallic thorax and black and orange abdomen. The wings are generally held along the back.
Woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults can be seen running about on large leaves, feeding on honey-dew and the larvae feed in rotting wood and even rotting potatoes.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in Britain. Common on the reserve.
Best time to see
April to November.