Melitta ovatula Kirby, 1802, Andrena poupillieri Dours, 1872
A member of the subgenus Taeniandrena, represented in Britain by four species, A. ovatula is a very close relative of A. wilkella (Kirby) and is easily confused with that species, especially in the field. The two species are perhaps most readily distinguished in both sexes by the entire hair band on the third gastral tergite of A. ovatula (medially interrupted in A. wilkella)
Southern and central Britain from East Kent to the Isles of Scilly, northwards to Southeast Yorkshire and Cumberland. There are no records from Scotland, but it has been recorded from south-west Ireland (also from County Offaly according to O’Connor et al. (2009). In the Channel Islands, it is known from Guernsey and Alderney (Richards, 1979), Herm (Archer, 1994) and Sark (Beavis, 2000). Occasionally it is locally numerous in favoured open sites (see below).
In mainland Europe, the range extends from southern Fennoscandia south to southern Iberia, and east to Turkey (Gusenleitner & Schwarz, 2002). The species ranges across central Asia to China and the Far East (Yasumatsu, 1941). It is also known from North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt) (Gusenleitner & Schwarz, 2002).