Frequently encountered though probably not as common as Rhogogaster viridis. This species is very similar to viridis. It is generally less black marked on the abdomen but pale viridis specimens overlap with dark chlorosoma species. Males of the two species can be determined by the length of the plantar lobes (tarsal pulvilli) on the hind tarsi. In chlorosoma males the plantar lobe of one tarsal segment is about one-half the length of the following tarsal segment. In viridis, it is one-third. In females, there is some crossover in this characteristic.
The black markings on the top of the head form an enclosed figure-of-eight.
Larvae are recorded from a broad range of trees and herbs including alders, poplars, willows, rowans and meadowsweet.
Size: 10 - 13mm
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales
Flight period: May to July
Plant associations: Polyphagous. Alnus spp., Populus spp., Salix spp., Sorbus spp. and Filipendula ulmaria (various trees and herbs)
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