Damsel Bugs

Nabidae

Damsel Bugs

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A close up image of a Damsel bug on a leaf (Nabidae)
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Nabidae, otherwise known as the Damsel Bugs, is a family of insects in the True Bug order. These bugs should be a grower's best friend. They're not fussy eaters. They'll munch on pretty much anything they can grasp, including other Damsel Bugs when food is short! See these insects most of the year round, peaking in warmer months.
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Traits

A beneficial insect that will predate a whole range of garden pests.
Damsel bugs may nip you if startled.

Appearance

Adults: A small and slender bug (generally between 0.5-1.2cm); they're often light brown or yellowish-tan. The tegmina are hardened to protect the wings used in flight; often demonstrating ridged venation that gives a wood-like texture. The heads are cone-shaped and narrow, the antennae extensive and thread-like; the eyes are bulbous, and the legs stilt-like, whereas the wings are narrow and ovular. Nymphs: Often look a little different to the adults. The bodies are diamond-shaped, the heads also cone-shaped. They're typically pale, sometimes incorporating some red patterning. They look a lot like aphids before the wings start to develop. They're flightless until fully mature.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Nabidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

Worldwide

Biological treatment

It's not recommended to remove these from your garden ecosystem because they can do wonders for your pest control regime. Attract these insects into your green spaces by planting indigenous trees and shrubs; they're particularly fond of leguminous plants, such as alfalfa.

Attracts this pest

Nabidae thrives low vegetative habitats, particularly in gardens and agricultural land.
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