Crabro sabulosus Fabricius, 1787; Sphex ruficornis Villers, 1789; Crabro frontalis Panzer, 1797; Crabro petiolatus Panzer, 1797; Mellinus fulvicornis Fabricius, 1804; Anthophilus hellmanni Radoszkowski, 1888
Historically the less common of our two Mellinus species and possibly now extinct in Britain. In M. crabroneus, the abdominal markings are ivory coloured and not yellow (as in M. arvensis)
Records are scattered widely across England north to Northumberland; also in south Wales and Anglesey. There is an old, unconfirmed record for "Dumfriesshire" (Service, 1879). The east coast is particularly well represented within the data, but records are inexplicably sparse or absent from many heathland districts of southern England. Overseas, found in Europe and eastwards through the steppes as far east as Manchuria and Korea.