Order Heteroptera, superfamily Cimicomorpha (other than Miridae)

Damsel Bugs

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Himacerus mirmicoides (O. Costa, 1834)

Himacerus mirmicoides
  • Cambridge 22 Jul 2001; nymph
  • Family: Nabidae
  • Length (excluding proboscis): 6mm
  • Ant mimicry occurs in several Heteropteran families giving confusingly similar insects: the thickened fore femora and proboscis match this species
  • "Although larvae, especially early instars, have occasionally been found in ants' nests, there is no evidence of a close association and such occurrences are probably accidental. Like all damsel bugs this species is a predator and has been observed feeding on Plagiognathus arbustorum (Miridae), aphids and the eggs of the Cabbage white butterfly." The adults are not ant-like.
    Southwood & Leston


Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Nabis ferus
  • Cambridge 16 Mar 2002
  • Family: Nabidae
  • A predator on other insects
  • Tentative identification - other Nabis spp. are very similar. The pronotum is noticeably wider than long.


Anthocoris nemorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Anthocoris nemorum
  • Cambridge 30 Aug 2015
  • Family: Anthocoridae
  • A predator on aphids, psyllids and mites - finds some use as a biological control agent
  • Enlarged image


Tingis ampliata (Herrich-Schäffer, 1838); Tingis cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)

Tingis ampliata Tingis cardui
  • (l.) T. ampliata, Lime Kiln Close, Cherry Hinton TL485561. 9 Sep 2014
  • (r.) T. cardui, Trumpington Meadows TL432542. 9 Jun 2015
  • Family: Tingidae
  • T. ampliata feeds on creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense), T. cardui on spear thistle (C. vulgare).
  • The wider lace-like trim in T. ampliata wraps alongside the head much further forward than the narrower trim of T. cardui.


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