Nabis limbatus Marsh Damselbug

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Length 7.5 to 9.0 mm.

Phenology Adult: June-October.


This species has a broad body and very short wings. It is 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 like habitatto N. limbatus, but is larger and with a narrower connexivum, giving it a more elongate appearance. Note Male specimens are much more slender than females, so this character must be used with care.

Life Cycle

The female Adult lay eggs in summer and autumn these hatch in the following spring


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