One of the larger halictine bees of the British Isles, the male has a distinctive blood-red tip to the abdomen. Identification keys and general information are given in Perkins, R C L (1922).
Known from southern England and Wales. It is associated with sandy soils, especially if these support heaths (Erica spp.) and heathers (Calluna spp.), although females are far too long-lived to be oligolectic on these plants. Known from the Channel Islands (Jersey). There are a number of very old (and doubtful) records from the Scottish border region, from where it has not been reported for over a century. Widespread in southern and central Europe: north-western Netherlands and Germany, south to Iberia and Corsica, east to Greece.