Species: Ant Damsel Bug (Himacerus mirmicoides)

Family: Damsel Bugs (Nabidae)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Damsel Bugs (Nabidae)

This is a family of brown predatory bugs, which feed on a wide range of other insects. Many catch and hold their prey with their forelegs, like mantids.

C. Ant Damsel Bug (Himacerus mirmicoides)

Their early instar larvae look like ants. This bug feeds on insect eggs, aphids, and small caterpillars.

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Ant Damsel Bug

The early instar larvae of the Ant Damsel Bug look like ants.

Ant Damsel Bug

The Ant Damsel Bug feeds on insect eggs, aphids, and small caterpillars.