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Range DescriptionThe species is widespread in Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, and west Asia, extending as far east as Yunnan in China. It is absent from southeast Asia; its Asian distribution is essentially Himalayan (Nepal (Asahina 1965, Mahato 1988), and northern India (with records from Assam (Schneider 1995) and West Bengal (Peters 1981)). It is currently expanding northwards in Europe, and is known or expected to occur in every country south of the Sahara in Africa (K.-D. Dijkstra pers. comm. 2011). Known records from Central Africa are from Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome, and Zambia, and it expected to be present in Congo; in eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi: common and widespread in all five countries (Burundi assumed); in northern Africa, it is common and widespread; in northeastern Africa, the species is recorded from Socotra, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, and occurrence in Djibouti, Eritrea, Chad and Uganda is assumed; the species is widespread all over southern Africa; in western Africa, the species is known from Senegal and Gambia to Chad.
It is common and widespread in the southern half of Europe (Boudot et al. 2009) and in the south of Ukraine. In the last two decades it has been strongly expanding its range in the north being now indigenous to many areas were it previously did not occur (Ott 2007).