Himacerus mirimicoides Ant Damsel Bug (Late instar nymph)

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Himacerus mirmicoides Ant Damsel Bug
Family: Nabidae

This genus has a black connexivum with orange-red spots, and rather reddiish wings. H.mirmicoides is partly-winged, and may be separated from the larger H. apterus by the shorter antennae (< length of thorax + abdomen), longer wings and shorter hairs on the hind tibiae.

Early instar larvae are strikingly ant-like, due to the spiny posterior angles of the 2nd & 3rd thoracic segments. There is also a short spine on the 2nd abdominal segment, and the margins of the 2nd & 3rd are white, giving the illusion of a narrow waist. The thoracic projections are lost in later instars.

Usually found on the ground or amongst low herbage, this bug is common in southern Britain in a variety of dry open habitats. Adults overwinter; mating and egg-laying takes place in the spring. The new generation is complete by August.

Adult: All year … British Bugs
Length 7-8 mm

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