Body length 10mm. A black species with cream bands across its thorax and on its legs, and a cream spot on its scutellum and lines on the shoulders of its thorax. The wings are tinted brown.
Marshes and wetland vegetation. The larvae feed on grasses, sedges and rushes.
Status and distribution
Thinly distributed and mainly restricted to the southern half of Britain. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to July.