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 excised either side of the middle.
Larvae feed on hedge garlic, hairy bittercress and hedge mustard.
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)
The National Biodiversity Network records are shown on the map below. (See terms and conditions)
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