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Genus Nabis

Damsel Bug - Nabis Damsel Bug - Nabis damsel bug? - Nabis subcoleoptratus True bug - Nabis Damsel Bug - Nabis americoferus Light, patterned damsel bug - Nabis Assassin? - Nabis capsiformis Nabis? - Nabis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Nabidae (Damsel Bugs)
Subfamily Nabinae
Tribe Nabini
Genus Nabis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
some taxa traditionally treated as separate genera (e.g. in(1)(2)(3)) have been recently demoted back to subgenera of Nabis(4)
Numbers
19 spp. in 7 subgenera our area(4); subg. Omanonabis (a single sp. in NA) is not yet in the guide
Size
6-9 mm
Identification
head and body slender, light to dark brown; front femora slightly enlarged
Range
throughout the Holarctic Region and many other parts of the world
Habitat
low vegetation in fields and gardens
Season
most common during the warmer months but may be found at any time of year
Food
nymphs and adults predaceous on soft-bodied insects
Life Cycle
usually overwinter as adults; one to five generations per year, depending on location
See Also
Reduviidae, especially slender ones (e.g. Zelus)
Internet References
Taxon profile (Mahr 1997)(5)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Three new species, notes and new records of poorly known species, and an updated checklist for the North American Nabidae...
Kerzhner I.M., Henry T.J. 2008. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 110: 988–1011.
5.Biological Control News