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Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug
Family: Nabidae

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

Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug
Adult: Yorks (Otober 2008) ©Joe Botting

Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug
Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Nabis ericetorum Heath Damsel Bug nymph
Nymph: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock