A bright and colourful bug with distinctive yellow-orange and pale cream-white chequered markings. Length 6 to 8mm.
The adults and larvae feed on the flower heads of nettles, white bryony, and some umbellifers. They also feed on aphids and other small invertebrates.
Seen June to August, and found in hedgerows, on woodland margins and in meadows. Common and widespread.
Photograph taken June 2011, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011. Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.