Heath Damsel Bug - Nabis ericetorum


Length 6.5-7.0 mm. This bug has rather dark reddish-brown forewings and usually a reddish abdomen.

Identification difficulty

Generally to be found on heath and is associated with Heather.

When to see it

New generation adults found from August onwards.

Life History

The adults overwinter and mate and lay eggs in spring. The larvae can be found from June to September.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local due to its preferred habitat.

VC55 Status

Locally common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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