Athalia liberta

All the tibiae are ringed apically with black and the thorax is orangy on the sides and ventrally. Athalia liberta males cannot be distinguished from Athalia cornubiae. In females the hypopygium is not deeply incised either side of the middle.

Larvae feed on hedge garlic, hairy bittercress and hedge mustard.

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Size: 5-7mm

Status: Uncommon but widespread

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Alliaria petiolata, Cardamine hirsuta and Sisymbrium officinale (hedge garlic, hairy bittercress and hedge mustard)


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