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Nabis lineatus Reed Damsel Bug
Family: Nabidae

Found locally
throughout the UK, this bug is associated with reeds, sedges and rushes in wetlands (including saltmarshes). This species 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 Marsh Damsel Bug N. limbatus
occurs more commonly in comparable habitats to N. lineatus, but is smaller and has a broader connexivum, giving it a less elongate appearance. Note that male damsel bugs are much more slender than females, so this character must be used with care.

Adults lay eggs in summer and autumn which hatch the following spring.

Adult: June-October
Length 9.5-12 mm

Nabis lineatus Reed Damsel Bug
Adult female: north Wales (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Nabis lineatus Reed Damsel Bug


Adult female: Leics (July 2008) ©David Gould