Andrena fortipes IMHOFF 1832; Cilissa ruthenica RADOSZKOWSKI 1891; Melitta centaureae TORKA 1922
This species is very closely related to M. tricincta and care is necessary to distinguish the two in collections. However, in the field, each species is usually readily identified by the flowers the bees visit. In addition, the present species is more widely distributed in Britain than its congener, being found in northern and western localities from which the other is absent.
Widely distributed in southern England, becoming scarce in the northern counties and in Wales (in which country it may be under-recorded). It also occurs on the Isles of Scilly and in the Channel Islands (Alderney and Jersey). There are no records from Scotland or Ireland. Distributed throughout Europe from Fennoscandia south to Iberia, and east to Turkey and Ukraine (Warncke, 1973).