Scarce Orange Legionnaire - Beris clavipes


The scarcer of the two Beris species with a black thorax and orange abdomen. Easily separable from the other (B. vallata) by the entirely (or almost entirely) orange hind tibiae. The female also has much darker wings than vallata, and these can obscure the orange abdomen when folded.

Photo ID?

Usually found in the vicinity of wetlands or flowing water, especially where shrubs and trees are present.

When to see it

Adults peak in May and June (peaking a few weeks before vallata).

Life History

The larvae have been found in wet moss.

UK Status

Widespread but local and infrequently recorded in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map