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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map