The larva are found amongst the leaf litter, on the soil or near the ground most of the year. The adults are usually found on flower heads in summer.
Larva can be seen year round depending on the weather, adults are only alive in summer.
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Adults are seen in the summer months, often on flowers.
Adult length 7 - 11 mm.
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Adults are 7 - 10 mm long and can be seen from June - September.
They are commonly seen on flower heads in unmown grassy areas.
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Found in woods and woodland edges.
Adult length 4.5 - 5.5. mm.
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Larva and pupa are found in the soil. Adults are found on flowers and leaves, but will drop to the ground and play dead if disturbed.
They are more common in cultivated soil and woodland edges or glades.
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9 - 16 mm long
Seen mainly in summer
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Often found on windowsills after emerging as adults from firewood, more