damsel bugs

(Family Nabidae)

               
Overview

Nabidae is the family of damsel bugs. There are more than 500 species worldwide, 40 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 12 species in Minnesota. They occur on every continent except Greenland and Antarctica. They are usually found on low vegetation in agricultural fields, non-cultivated fields, and gardens. They feed on other soft-bodied insects, including other damsel bugs. They are considered beneficial because they prey on some agricultural pests.

damsel bug (Family Nabidae)

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Identification

Damsel bugs are small, soft bodied, and elongated-oval in shape. Most are yellowish-brown and about 516 (8 mm) in length.Most species have antennae with 4 segments, though some in Subfamily Prostemmatinae have antennae with 5 segments. They have 2 large, bulbous, compound eyes and 3 small simple eyes (ocelli). The beak-like extension containg the mouthparts (rostrum) has 4 segments. The third segment (femur) of the front femur is slightly thickened. On most species the forewings are well developed. The membranous portion of these wings have numerous small cells around the margin. The legs are long and stilt-like.

 
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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)

 

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Euhemiptera

 

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Neohemiptera

 

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Prosorrhyncha

 

Suborder:

Heteroptera (true bugs)

 

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Euheteroptera

 

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Neoheteroptera

 

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Panheteroptera

 

Infraorder:

Cimicomorpha (thaumastocorid bugs)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Subfamily Nabinae

Subfamily Prostemmatinae

 
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Common
Names

damsel bugs

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Femur

On insects and arachnids, the third, largest, most robust segment of the leg, coming immediately before the tibia. On humans, the thigh bone.

 

Ocellus

Simple eye; an eye with a single lens. Plural: ocelli.

 

Rostrum

The stiff, beak-like projection of the carapace or prolongation of the head of an insect, crustacean, or cetacean.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Cimicomorpha
Superfamily: Cimicoidea
Family: Nabidae

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Alfredo Colon
8/10/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

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