Yellow-winged Arge

Arge ustulata

Description

Body length 7 - 10mm. A metallic, blue/black species with clear wings and a black patch in the fore-wings.

Habitat

Woodland edge and rides. The larvae feed on the leaves of various woody plants, such as Willow, Birch and Hawthorn. The adults feed on pollen and nectar from flowers such as umbellifers like Hogweed.

Status and distribution

Widely distributed throughout Britain but not common. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire but encountered fairly frequently at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to July.