Ant Damsel Bug Himacerus mirmicoides (O. Costa, 1834)
A common species of the southern UK, usually found on low vegetation. Young nymphs are amazingly ant like in appearence, gradually becoming more typical Damsel Bug in shape as they grow and are more commonly found than the adults, which had eluded us until finding one in a sandy area near Edwinstowe in August 2012. The accompanying nymphs were photographed near Carburton and at Budby South Forest in August 2009.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Himacerus mirmicoides
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Jim Flanagan. Sorby Natural History Society. Barry Lygo. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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