A black species. In the female, the top of the head, mesonotum and mesopleura have dense woolly pubescence that is longer than the width of the apex of the fore basitarsus. In both sexes, the front margin of the clypeus is sharply incurved and emarginated to a depth of much less than half the length of the clypeus. The mesoscutellum lacks a carina and is highly polished without punctures or striations. In the male, the penis valve has a large ventral tooth that terminates in a small hook.
Larvae feed on sedges.
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales
Flight period: May to June
Plant associations: Cyperaceae (sedges)
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