Body length 7 - 10mm. This species is orange with a black head and antennae, black dorsal surface to the thorax and a black leading edge to the fore-wings.
Woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults feed on nectar and pollen from species such as Tansy or some umbellifers. The larvae feed on the leaves of rose species.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout the southern half of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to September.