Stygnocoris sabulosus

    Alt Name
    Stygnocoris pedestris
    Description

    Length 2.5-3.0 mm. 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. sabulosus and the closely related S. fuligineus are very similar; this species is distinguished by the shiny aspect of the dorsal surface, the long erect pubescence and the entirely pale legs. It is always macropterous.

    Habitat

    Favours dry habitats with chalky or sandy soils.

    When to see it

    Adult: August-October

    Life History

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

    UK Status

    Common throughout the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map