Over all length 7 to 9mm. The male has a shiny green thorax and abdomen. In the female the abdomen is dark with blue and violet reflections. The legs are yellowish, but sometimes much darker in the male.
Woodland edge and hedgerows where the adults may be seen sunning themselves. The larvae develop in soil or dung.
Status and distribution
Widespread in Britain, but often scarce. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to October - mainly August.