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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map