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Nabis ferus Field Damsel Bug
Family: Nabidae

A grey/brown nabid which is widespread in dry grassy habitats. This species is always macropterous, the wings extending beyond the end of the abdomen. It may be separated from fully-winged forms of N. rugosus and N. ericetorum by the densely hairy forewings. In addition,  the pronotum is considerably wider than it is long (max width : length = 1.75 : 1.3).

The more localised N. pseudoferus is very similar, but lacks the densely hairy forewings and has markedly fewer hairs at the apex of the corium.

Adults overwinter, mating and laying eggs inthe spring. The new generation of adults is complete from August onwards. 

Adult: All year
Length 8-8.5 mm

Nabis ferus
Adult: Sussex (February 2009) ©Brian Valentine

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Adult: Leics (October 2008) ©David Gould
Adult: Yorks (March 2007) ©Joe Botting

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Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: east London (September 2009) ©Mick Massie