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Megalonotus antennatus
Family: Lygaeidae

Megalonotus species are medium-sized ground bugs in which the pronotum is all dark and coarsely punctured, particularly across the posterior. The front femora bear a large tooth and several smaller ones.

M. antennatus is distinguished by the legs which are entirely pale brown. The 2nd antennal segment is also pale. This species is usually partly-winged (brachypterous)

A scarce and local ground bug which has been recorded from southern England, particularly the south-east. The ecology of this species remains obscure; there are no confirmed foodplants and it has been found in a range of habitats on various soil types. These include woodland clearings, grasslands, sparsely-vegetated sites and limestone quarries.

Adult: All year
Length 4.0-5.0 mm
Megalonotus antennatus
Adult: Essex (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Megalonotus antennatus Megalonotus antennatus
Adult: Essex (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Essex (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock