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Damsel Bug - nymph

Nabidae family


A thin long (15mm) pale brown insect with a dorso-ventrally flattened body. The last abdominal segment appeared to be bifurcated. Reduced wings. Long narrow neck and head with a stabber. Antennae segments 4 or 5. It had a small fly impaled in it's sharp proboscis


This was spotted on a Queen Anne's lace flower head


It looks very like an assassin bug. Thanks to argybee, I think I've got an ID ! Reduced wings are said to be a common feature in Nabidae

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MartinL 9 years ago

Hey, I missed this one. It's a wannabe assassin bug. I like anything that eats flies.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting! Thanks for posting! Helped me ID a US species I found earlier this year!

TKBotting 9 years ago

That's cool! It does seem to be sending mixed signals as to what it might be.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

It is certainly behaving like an assassin bug with a good sized lunch. Great to discover a new group.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Thank you argybee - looks like that's the one..

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Damsel Bug ( Nabidae family) ??

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 17, 2012
Submitted on Oct 18, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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