Species Account for Megalonotus praetextatus
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Taxonomic group: true bugs (Heteroptera) - Part county data
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Essex Red Data List comment
National trend: Increase
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