Apis dubito HARRIS 1776; Apis interrupta GEOFFROY 1785; Apis leucopus GMELIN 1790; Apis albifrons ROSSI 1790; Apis bombinatrix variegata maior CHRIST 1791; Apis punctata PANZER 1804; Melecta lachesis NEWMAN 1835; Melecta atropos NEWMAN 1835; Melecta punctata LATREILLE 1802; Melecta fasciculata SPINOLA 1843; Melecta eversmanni RADOSZKOWSKI 1893; Melecta eczmiadzini RADOSZKOWSKI 1893
Formerly widely distributed in south-east England. It has not been found in Ireland or the Channel Islands. However, there has been no confirmed British record of this species for at least a century (New Forest, South Hants, 1912) and it seems very likely that the bee is now extinct in this country. Its demise was possibly a result of the rapid decline in Britain of its sole known host species (Anthophora retusa), though the last known record apparently pre-dated this event. Widely distributed in Eurasia, from Scandinavia to Spain, eastwards to Iran; possibly present in North Africa (Lieftinck 1980).