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  Damsel Bug (Nabidae family sp1)





Damsel Bug | Nabidae family sp1 photo
Damsel Bug photographed near outdoor lamp

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Damsel Bug | Nabidae family sp1 photo
Damsel Bug

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Damsel Bug | Nabidae family sp1 photo
Damsel Bug - not sure if this is the same species as the previous two photos. It has same shape but looks a bit paler.

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Damsel Bug | Nabidae family sp1 photo
Damsel Bug

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DAMSEL BUG FACTS

Identification
Damsel Bugs resemble small Assassin Bugs, but have a much slimmer body shape. They are usually brown or tan colour. The legs are relatively long and the front pair is enlarged to capture prey. The antennae have four segments and beak (rostrum) also has four segments. The beak is held underneath the body when at rest and extended to pierce prey. The species shown here was found looking for prey around an outdoor house lamp at night.

Size
12mm

Habitat
gardens, orchards and field crops

Food
small soft bodied insects

Breeding
Nymphs hatching from eggs develop through five stages (instars)

Notes
they can bite humans but the bite is medically harmless



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Nabidae
Genus:Nabidae family
Species:sp1
Common Name:Damsel Bug