Females of this species are readily confused with Priocnemis pusillus, P. cordivalvata and P. gracilis, although the males are readily distinguishable. Keys to species and general biology are given in Richards & Hamm (1939), Wolf (1972), Day (1988) and Falk (1991).
South Devon to east Kent, north to east Inverness-shire and Moray. Also the Channel Islands. A scarce species, although in northern England it can be abundant flying low over dry sandy soils (M E Archer pers. obs.).
Overseas, found in northern and middle Europe. A melanic form occurs in southern Europe.