An all-black species with bifasciate wings. Of the three British species of Dipogon, variegatus is easily separated in the female by its strongly-transverse propodeal sculpture. In the male these transverse wrinkles are present but less prominent; the subgenital plate is distinctive with long hairs ventrally.
Widely distributed in England, although more local in Wales. There is one recent record from Scotland, but only historic data from Ireland.
The species also occurs elsewhere in Euope and in North Africa