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Stygnocoris sabulosus
Family: Lygaeidae

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.

This species is distinguished from
S. fuligineus by the shiny aspect of the dorsal surface, the long erect pubescence and the entirely pale legs. Compare also Lasiosomus enervis.

Always macropterous. Unlike most ground bugs, this species overwinters as eggs, which hatch in the spring, nymphs becoming adult by late summer.

Common throughout the UK, particlarly in dry habitats with chalky or sandy soils.

Adult: August-October 
Length 2.5-3.0 mm

Stygnocoris sabulosus
Adult: Surrey (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Stygnocoris sabulosus Stygnocoris sabulosus
Adult: north Wales (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Stygnocoris sabulosus
Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting