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Himacerus major Grey Damsel Bug
Family: Nabidae

Common
throughout the UK in grassy habitats, including sand dunes and saltmarshes, the long wings and pale connexivum give this species a greater resemblance to some members of the Nabis genus than to other Himacerus species. It is always macropterous.

This species is characterised by the markings on the hind femora; a wide black band at the apex with dark spots below it. The more local H. boops lacks these femoral spots and is brachypterous.

Adults lay eggs in the autumn which hatch the following spring; the new generation of adults appears early, from June onwards.

Compare: N. rugosus


Adult: June-November
Length 7.5-9.0 mm

Himacerus major
Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting

Himacerus major Himacerus major
Adult: east London (October 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: (September 2007) ©Alison Edwards

Himacerus major Himacerus major
Adult: Dorset (September 2009) ©Mark Dunkling
Adult: Cambs (August 2007) ©Will George