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Damsel Bug
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Damsel Bug

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Nabidae

Pest Status: Damsel bugs are beneficial predators on other small insects.

Appearance: Adults are tan or gray with piercing-sucking mouthparts and enlarged front legs for grasping prey. They have slender bodies that are approximately 1/2-inch long.

Life Cycle: Adults overwinter in the soil and in winter crops such as winter grain and alfalfa. Nymphs hatching from eggs develop through five instar stages in about two months. They are most abundant from mid-June through mid-August.

Where to Collect: Damsel bugs are abundant in gardens, orchards, and field crops such as cotton and soybeans.