The species is widespread throughout Europe and European Russia.
No records exist from Spain and Greece.
The larvae of Athripsodes aterrimus live in stagnant and
slowly to moderately flowing waters, such as ponds, lakes and their
outlets, rivers and streams; they are usually found among plants
and on muddy sand (Botosaneanu & Malicky 1978, Robert &
Wichard 1994, Wallace et al. 2003).
Larvae are shredders, detritivore and carnivore (Graf et al. 2002).
Adults are on the wing from May to September (Waringer & Graf