Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterus


    Length 8-11 mm. This genus has a black connexivum with orange-red spots, and rather reddish-brown wings, which do not usually reach beyond the 3rd or 4th abdominal segment.

    Identification difficulty

    Unlike other UK nabids, this is a tree-dwelling bug, found on deciduous species and less frequently on conifers, where it feeds on mites, aphids and other small insects.

    When to see it

    Adult: July-October.

    Life History

    Adults lay eggs in late summer which hatch the following spring; larvae may be found May-August. The new adult generation is complete from July onwards.

    UK Status

    It is common in much of England and Wales, becoming scarcer further north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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