The species is found throughout much of England and Wales, though scarce in northern England and south-west Scotland. It is found sporadically in Ireland, with a few records from Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Kilkenny. It has also been reported from the Isle of Man. There are records from the larger of the Channel Islands: Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Jersey and Sark. This is a locally common bee.
The species is very widely distributed throughout much of Europe, from Fennoscandia to Iberia and east to Crete, Turkey and European Russia. It is also known from western Asia (Azerbaijan; Iran) and North Africa (Morocco) (Koster, 1986; Ascher & Pickering, 2012). The species is apparently adventive in eastern North America, with records from southern Ontario, Illinois, Ohio and New York (Ascher & Pickering, 2012).