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Megalonotus sabulicola
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. sabulicola is distinguished by the long erect hairs on the pronotum and the regular curvature to the hind margin of the pronotum (the hind corners are protruberant and sharply-angled backwards in M. emarginatus). The middle and hind tibiae are pale (dark in the larger and much more common M. chiragra), as is the 2nd antennal segment and part of the 3rd.

A scarce species found in southern England, where it is mainly associated with sandy habitats and often coastal.

Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
Megalonotus sabulicola
Adult: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Megalonotus sabulicola Megalonotus sabulicola
Adult: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Kent (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock