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.
Favours dry habitats with chalky or sandy soils.
Unlike most ground bugs, this species overwinters as eggs, which hatch in the spring, nymphs becoming adult by late summer.
Common throughout the UK.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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