damsel bug


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damsel bug

n
(Animals) any of various bugs of the carnivorous family Nabiidae, related to the bedbugs but feeding on other insects. The larvae of some species mimic and associate with ants
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Still another predator that stalks ground covers and other low plants is the damsel bug. Don't let the innocent-sounding name or their demure appearance mislead you.
First report of the Neotropical damsel bug Alloeorhynchus trimacula (Stein) in the United States, with new records for two other nabid species in Florida (Heteroptera: Nabidae: Prostemmatinae).
The most abundant beneficial arthropods were spiders (Araneae) (46.4%); damsel bugs (Hemiptera: Nabidae) (35.0%); big-eyed bugs, Geocoris spp.
Of 8,045 beneficial insects collected in the four hedgerows over 2 years, 31% were minute pirate bugs, 17% syrphid flies, 13% assassin bugs, 13% tachinid flies, 10% big-eyed bugs, 6% lacewings, 6% wasps, 3% lady beetles and 0.4% damsel bugs. The greatest abundance of beneficial insects was collected on California buckwheat, followed, in decreasing amounts, by coyote brush, elderberry, coffeeberry, toyon and California lilac.
Aphids are especially problematic in areas where their natural predators (ladybeetles, lacewings, damsel bugs and parasitic wasps) have been knocked back by insecticides.
It includes bed bugs, assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and lace bugs.