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Megalonotus praetextatus
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. praetextatus is distinguished by the smooth and hairless pronotum and the shiny appearance of the upper surface. The legs are brownish-yellow with the exception of the anterior femora, which are dark.

A scarce and local ground bug, found predominantly in coastal parts of southern Britain on dry well-drained soils with a warm and sheltered aspect. Habitats include sand dunes, cliffs, gravel pits, sandy grasslands and the east anglian brecklands. Although frequently associated with storksbill, this is not the only foodplant.

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

Megalonotus praetextatus Megalonotus praetextatus
Adult: Herts (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
Adult: Herts (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock