B. chalybata is our most widespread and common Beris species. It is one of two dark-bodied species with pale legs lacking any blackish areas on the femorae and tibiae. Females tend to have clean orange legs; those of the males tend to be a dusky orange and may appear dark in certain lights. B. morrisii by contrast is larger, with paler yellow legs and a brighter green thorax.
B. chalybata occurs in a wide range of habitats, but perhaps especially woodland and other areas with trees and shrubs. It can tolerate quite urbansed settings.