This very small bee is a close relative of Andrena minutula (Kirby) and can be easily misidentified as such by the novice. The species is bivoltine. Perkins (1914) formerly treated the individuals of these broods as distinct species: Andrena parvuloides (spring) and Andrena minutuloides (summer). Later he relegated the name parvuloides to that of a junior synonym of minutuloides (Perkins, 1919).
The species is confined to southern England. Possibly not present in the Channel Islands; Richards (1979) only cites a doubtful record from Guernsey. This is generally regarded as a rare and very local bee but, occasionally, can be numerous where found. The summer brood is usually much more numerous than the spring one.
In the Palaearctic the range includes southern Fennoscandia south to Iberia, Morocco, Italy, Greece and Turkey (Gusenleitner & Schwarz, 2002); also known from Daghestan.