Wing-length 7.25 to 10.25mm. A mainly black species with yellow legs. On the abdomen, tergite two has two small yellow spots, tergite three has a strong yellow bar and tergite four has a thin yellow line. The wings have a long dark stigma and the eyes are red.
Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed on aphids in the trees.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to September.