Andrena smithella KIRBY 1802; Andrena clypeata SMITH 1855;
Andrena praecox and A. apicata comprise a closely related species-pair, individuals of which can be difficult to identify (especially with respect to females). In some sites, both species fly together.
Rather local, but often common where it does occur, throughout much of southern Britain, as far north as south Yorkshire. Perkins (1919) records the species from Scotland, though no locality is listed. There are no records of it from the Channel Islands. In Ireland, reported from Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow and Dublin (Stelfox 1927). In Europe, the species is broadly boreo-alpine, ranging from Fennoscandia and Germany south to Spain, Austria and northern Italy. In Asia, found in the Caucasus.