Common Damsel Bug - Nabis rugosus


    Length 6.5 to 7.5 mm, and, N. rugosus is yellow-brown in colour, with rather pale forewings. The length of the 2nd antennal segment is greater than the maximum width of the pronotum. This species is almost always brachypterous, the forewings reaching the end of the abdomen, or stopping just short of it. Macropterous (fully-winged) specimens are much rarer, and may be confused with N. ferus, and particularly N. pseudoferus. 

    Identification difficulty

    Widespread in grassy habitats.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year

    Life History

    Adults overwinter, mating and egg-laying taking place in the spring. Larvae may be found June-September; the new generation of adults is complete from August onwards.

    UK Status

    Probably the commonest British nabid it is widespread and fairly frequent, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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