Marsh Damselbug - Nabis limbatus

    Alternative names
    Dolichonabis limbatus

    Length 7.5 to 9.0 mm. N. limbatus has a broad body and very short wings. This species is always micropterous, and the forewings are shorter than in N. flavomarginatus, covering the 2nd and part of the 3rd abdominal segments only. The similar Reed Damsel Bug (N. lineatus) can occur in similar habitats to N. limbatus, but is larger and has a narrower connexivum, giving it a more elongate appearance. Note that male damsel bugs are much more slender than females, so this character must be used with care.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp grassland, marshy areas and wet meadows.

    When to see it

    Adult: June-October.

    Life History

    Adults lay eggs in summer which hatch the following spring.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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