The head is black and glossy. The thorax and the abdomen are also black though the tegulae and hind angles of the pronotum are yellowish brown in the female. The legs usually have off-white tibiae though these may be infuscated.
Larvae feed on water avens and garden cultivars.
Size: 5.5 - 6.5mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Geum rivale, Geum urbanum (water avens, wood avens and their cultivars)
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Sheppard, D. A., 2019. British Symphyta (draft in preparation)