Scarce Orange Legionnaire - Beris clavipes

    Description

    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.

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    Habitat

    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