Body length 7 - 9mm. Mainly dark but with white underneath and along the sides. There are white markings on the thorax and thin white lines around the eyes. The dorsal surface has a dull red patch, normally obscured by the wings.
Woodland edge and hedgerows where the larvae feed on various species of Bedstraws.
Status and distribution
Common and widely distributed in Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to June.