According to Bächli et al. (2004) Phortica variegata is widespread in Europe and Eastern Asia, and is recorded from Great Britain and Germany. In Scandinavia there are only a few, mostly doubtful, records from Sweden and Finland, another one from Norway and none from Denmark.
- Bächli G, Vilela CR, Andersson Escher S, et al.: The Drososphilidae (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Fauna Entomol Scan. 2004, Vol. 39, Brill, Leiden, pp 80-7