Throughout much of southern Britain, from the Isles of Scilly to Kent, and northwards to Lancashire, South-east Yorkshire and the Isle of Man. In Wales, known from West Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire. Apparently reported in the Channel Islands only from Alderney (Luff 1900, Saunders 1902). In Ireland it is widespread, though mainly coastal, from Louth to Waterford. There are no records from Scotland. Usually found only in small numbers in most localities, though it is often very common on the sand dune systems of south-east Ireland (pers. obs.). Widespread in the Palaearctic, the range encompassing southern Sweden to Greece, Spain to Siberia, the Middle East, north Africa (Morocco and Algeria) and Asia Minor.