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Stygnocoris species are small ground bugs in which the pronotum and forewings are covered in fine hairs. The pronotum is punctured throughout, and the front femora lack spines.
S. rusticus has a uniformly black pronotum and the dorsal surface is dull, with a short pubescence. It is is usually brachypterous, although fully-winged individuals do occur. Unlike most ground bugs, this species overwinters as eggs, which hatch in the spring, nymphs becoming adult by late summer.
Widespread but local throughout the UK, particularly on dry sandy or chalky soils.
Adult: August-October; some may overwinter
Length 3-4 mm
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