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Damsel Bugs


Damsel Bugs

A close up image of a Damsel bug on a leaf (Nabidae)

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Nabidae, otherwise known as the Damsel Bugs, is a family of insects in the True Bug order. These bugs should be a grower's best friend. They're not fussy eaters. They'll munch on pretty much anything they can grasp, including other Damsel Bugs when food is short! Spot these mini beasts from spring to late autumn!
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A beneficial insect that will predate a whole range of garden pests.
Damsel bugs may nip you if startled.


Adults: A small and slender bug (generally between 0.5-1.2cm); they're often light brown or yellowish-tan. The tegmina are hardened to protect the wings used in flight; often demonstrating ridged venation that gives a wood-like texture. The heads are cone-shaped and narrow, the antennae extensive and thread-like; the eyes are bulbous, and the legs stilt-like, whereas the wings are narrow and ovular. Nymphs: Often look a little different to the adults. The bodies are diamond-shaped, the heads also cone-shaped. They're typically pale, sometimes incorporating some red patterning. They look a lot like aphids before the wings start to develop. They're flightless until fully mature.












Biological treatment

It's not recommended to remove these from your garden ecosystem because they can do wonders for your pest control regime. Attract these insects into your green spaces by planting indigenous trees and shrubs; they're particularly fond of leguminous plants, such as alfalfa.


Nabidae thrives low vegetative habitats, particularly in gardens and agricultural land.

Snail Vine

Phaseolus giganteus

A close up of some red Macroptilium flowers in a field


Macroptilium spp.


Medicago sativa


Medicago spp.

White Clover

Trifolium repens

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

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