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Southwestern Damsel Bug - Nabis - female

Southwestern Damsel Bug - Nabis - Female
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
May 29, 2015
Size: 8mm
These are images of a Damsel Bug, in the genus Nabis (subgenus Reduviolus) and most likely a female Nabis alternatus.

SEXING Info:
Sexing most of the bugs in this family is very simple, with a clear view of the apical abdominal segments.
♀ Females: - The segments are latteraly thin, with a pointy tip, forming a "V" shape, in the dorsal or ventral views.
♂ Males: - The tips are blunt, latteraly thick (club-like) and equipped with two small claspers, one on each latteral side.

ID Info:
The overall body shape, colors, wings and the lack of any large dark coloring on the legs indicates that this Bug is most likely a member of the Nabis subgenus Reduviolus. (5 species in North America)
The two isolated yellow spots on the dark scutellum and a few other minor features, such as the head color (ventral), separate this species from N. americoferus. (the most common and widespread of the look-alike species)
The geographic distribution of both species overlap in the southwest, with N. alternatus reported from Oregon to Texas.

Please confirm and thanks for your help!

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