Grey Damsel Bug - Himacerus major


Length 7.5 to 9.0 mm. The long wings and pale connexivum give this species a greater resemblance to some members of the Nabis genus than to other Himacerus species. It is always macropterous. This species is characterised by the markings on the hind femora - a wide black band at the apex with dark spots below it.

Identification difficulty

Grassy habitats, including sand dunes and saltmarshes.

When to see it

Adult: June to November.

Life History

Adults lay eggs in the autumn which hatch the following spring; the new generation of adults appears early, from June onwards.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland but can flourish in suitable grassland areas.

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

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