Apis glabra FÜESSLY 1775; Andrena ferruginea OLIVIER 1789; Apis gibbosa CHRIST 1791; Melitta picea KIRBY 1802; Melitta sphecoides KIRBY 1802; Andrena austriaca FABRICIUS 1804, nec Panzer 1798; Dichroa analis ILLIGER 1806; Sphecodes apicatus SMITH 1853; Sphecodes nigripennis MORAWITZ 1876; Sphecodes sutor NURSE 1903; Sphecodes nippon MEYER 1922; Sphecodes castilianus BLÜTHGEN 1924; Sphecodes lustrans COCKERELL 1931; Sphecodes pergibbus BLÜTHGEN 1938
One of the larger British halictine bees with a body length in the region of 10mm. In common with most other bees of the genus Sphecodes it is black and red in general appearance. The red tends to be rather darker than in many other species and the wings are strongly infused with black, giving a very distinctive smoky appearance.
Widely distributed through Britain to southern Scotland, but not known from Ireland. It is rarely abundant at any one locality, but may be present in a wide variety of habitats. The species occurs throughout the Palaearctic region.