Body length 11 - 12mm. The thorax is blue with black markings and the abdomen is green with black markings. The four wings are held along the body in a tent-like position and have a lace-like pattern of blue and black veins.
Woodlands, hedgerows, meadows and gardens. The adults and larvae feed on small insects, especially aphids.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread in England with an easterly bias. Less common in Wales and the West Country, and becoming scarce further north and in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to September.