The species is spread over whole Europe and European Russia.
The aquatic stages of Potamophylax cingulatus live in the
headwater of rivulets, in streams and small to medium sized rivers
on stony substratum (Botosaneanu & Malicky 1978, Dobson et al.
2000, Arscott et al. 2003, Wallace et al. 2003). This species is
widespread and common.
Larvae are shredders, scrapers and carnivorous (Graf et al. 2002).
Adults are on the wing from May to October (Waringer & Graf