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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.
In M. emarginatus the pronotum is covered in long erect hairs but the hind corners are protruberant and sharply-angled backwards (the hind margin of the pronotum is gently curved in the very similar M. chiragra.) The tibiae are also pale in M. emarginatus.
Locally common across southern Britain in a variety of dry habitats.
Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
|Adult: Surrey (August 2009) ©Ashley Wood
|Adult: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Surrey (April 2010) ©Tristan Bantock