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Genus Nabis

Reduviidae? - Nabis americoferus Damsel Bug - Nabis subcoleoptratus Pretty bug, pretty bug, who is this pretty bug? - Nabis Long-necked bug - Nabis Fall Damsel - Nabis Bug - Nabis Nabis americoferus Nabid - Nabis
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)
19 spp. in 7 subgenera our area(4); subg. Omanonabis (a single sp. in NA) is not yet in the guide
6-9 mm
head and body slender, light to dark brown; front femora slightly enlarged
throughout the Holarctic Region and many other parts of the world
low vegetation in fields and gardens
most common during the warmer months but may be found at any time of year
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