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Himacerus boops
Family: Nabidae

A distinctive brachypterous damsel bug with large eyes and three dark longitudinal stripes on the pronotum. This species shares the wide black band at the apex of the hind femora with H. major, but lacks the femoral spots below it.

A local species found in southern Britain in dry habitats such as heathland and acid grassland. Adults lay eggs in the autumn which hatch the following spring; the new generation of adults appears from mid-summer onwards. 

Adult: June-September
Length 6.5-7.0 mm

Himacerus boops
Adult: Dorset (June 2009) ©Mark Dunkling