The species is widespread throughout Europe and European Russia.
Aquatic stages of Sericostoma personatum live in springs,
trickles, rivulets, small rivers and occasionally in lakes (Botosaneanu
& Malicky 1978, Pitsch 1993, Neu 2003, Wallace et al. 2003).
The larvae burrow into the sediment during the day and come out
at night to feed (Waringer & Graf 1997, Dobson et al. 2000).
The species does not occur in organic polluted water.
Larvae are shredders (Graf et al. 2002).
Adults are on the wing from June to August (Waringer & Graf