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Damsel Bug

Damsel Bug (Nabis americoferus)

Habitat: gardens, orchards and field crops

Size: 8-12 mm

Predators/Prey: They eat aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mites, moth eggs, and sawfly larvae.

Lifespan: Nymphs develop gradually through five nymphal instars on about 50 days to become adults. Damsel bugs have only one generation per year.

Interesting facts: Damsel bugs are aggressive and catch their prey with their forelegs, similar to mantis, then suck the body contents of their prey

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