Broad Damsel Bug - Nabis flavomarginatus


    Length 7 to 9 mm. N. flavomarginatus is a large and distinctive nabid which has a broad body and rather short wings. The upper surface of the abdomen is densely covered in short golden hair. This bug is always brachypterous (partly-winged), the forewings reaching half the length of the abdomen. 

    Identification difficulty

    In grasslands, particularly in damper habitats.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to October.

    Life History

    Adults lay eggs in summer which hatch the following spring; larvae may be found May-September. The new generation of adults appears early, from June onwards.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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