Grey Damsel Bug Himacerus major (A. Costa, 1842)
Looking like an oversized Field Damsel Bug, the Grey Damsel Bug appears to be rare in Nottinghamshire and is certainly a very difficult species to find. We are aware of just one previous county record, when it was recorded during an invertebrate survey at Sherwood Heath SSSI (Godfrey, A.) in 2006. There appears to be only one historical record from the Sherwood Forest area. Our only records come from Market Warsop in October 2015, Thoresby Hall in August 2017 and Welbeck Pit Top in July 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Himacerus major
Himacerus major habitat in one year old set-aside, on well-draining sandy soil at Market Warsop. Photographed on October 1st 2015.
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Sherwood Forest Trust. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Brian Wetton. Jim Flanagan.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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