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Species Account for Megalonotus praetextatus

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Megalonotus praetextatus  (Herrich-Schäffer, 1835)
Heteroptera: Lygaeidae

Megalonotus praetextatus

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Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Available county data

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Adult: Very scarce / difficult species, voucher specimen may be required

Status: Nb

Essex RDB: Listed
Records: 59
First Record: 1997
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 12

Additional Phenology Data


Megalonotus praetextatus
Megalonotus praetextatus

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Essex Red Data List comment
National trend: Increase

Species text
A ground-dwelling bug, usually coastal, found on well-drained, often sandy ground. Though recorded from the county by Harwood (1903) and in Massee (1955), it went unrecorded from the county for many years until there were multiple records from East Tilbury in 1997. The species may be increasing, in common with many ground-dwelling thermophiles (P. Kirby, in Essex red Data list). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 16 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 20 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 59 records with habitat detail and method information)

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