Small Elder Macrophya

Macrophya ribis

Description

Over all length 10mm. An all black species apart from yellow/white markings on its legs and face.

Habitat

Woodland edge, hedgerows and scrub. The larvae feed on Elder, so the adults can be seen anywhere where Elder is present. The adults are not often seen coming to flowers.

Status and distribution

Local, but can be abundant. Mostly confined to the southern half of Britain. Uncommon in Nottinhamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to July.