Apis altercator HARRIS 1780; Andrena hirtipes FABRICIUS 1793; Andrena plumipes PANZER 1797; Melitta swammerdamella KIRBY 1802; Dasypoda graeca LEPELETIER & SERVILLE 1825; Dasypoda panzeri SPINOLA 1838; Dasypoda villosa LEPELETIER 1841; Dasypoda minor PÉREZ 1903 (nec MORAWITZ 1871); Dasypoda plumipes auct. (dont FRIESE 1901)
The female of this species is one of the more attractive and distinctive bees which occur in Britain, the extremely long, golden pollen-collecting hairs on the hind tibiae being particularly notable. D. hirtipes is the only member of its genus which occurs in Britain.
Southern England and Wales, northwards to Merionethshire and Norfolk; also recorded from Guernsey and Jersey. Widely distributed in Europe, from southern Finland south to Spain and the Canary Islands, and east to Turkey, Ukraine and Armenia. It occurs in North Africa including Egypt.