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|Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug
Widespread throughout, but usually associated with heathland and found amongst heather, N. ericetorum has rather dark reddish-brown forewings and usually a reddish abdomen.
As in N. rugosus, the maximum width and length of the pronotum are very similar (width : length = 1.6 : 1.5), but the length of the 2nd antennal segment is roughly equal to the maximum width of the pronotum in N. ericetorum.
This species is generally brachypterous, the forewings just failing to reach the end of the abdomen. However, macropterous (fully-winged) specimens are fairly frequent and if atypically pale, they may be confused with N. ferus, and particularly N. pseudoferus.
Adults overwinter, mating and egg-laying taking place in the spring. Larvae may be found June-September; the new generation of adults is complete from August onwards.
Adult: All year
Length 6.5-7.0 mm
|Adult: Yorks (Otober 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Nymph: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock