Apis stigma CHRIST 1791; Apis aterrima CHRIST 1791; Stelis meridionalis POPOV 1932; Stelis murina PÉREZ 1884; Stelis cassiopaea SAUNDERS 1908
Since recording began this has always been considered a rare cleptoparasitic bee, but during this century it has decreased alarmingly.
Formerly widely distributed in England, mainly south of a line extending from the Severn to the Wash, with additional records from Monmouthshire (Hallett, 1956). Recent records are only from a few scattered localities in England (especially in Devon) and south Wales. The reason for the decline is unknown. In Europe, the species is found from southern Finland to Greece, and into Asia It also occurs in North Africa (Morocco).