A mainly black species with pale on the mouth parts, the clypeus, the temples, to some extent the orbits, the tegulae, the edges of the pronotum, the legs and the apex and underside of the abdomen. Males have the tegulae and the femora more or less infuscated. Determination should be confirmed by reference to the genitalia in both genders.
Larvae feed on grey willow, eared willow and creeping willow.
Size: Female: 5.5 - 6.5mm, male: 4.5 - 5.5mm.
Status: Locally common
Distribution: England, Ireland
Flight period: March to May
Plant associations: Salix atrocinerea, Salix aurita and Salix repens. (grey willow, eared willow and creeping willow)
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