Heath Damsel Bug Nabis ericetorum (Scholtz, 1847)
A heathland species, but can be difficult to identify as other species can be very similar and share a preference for the same grassy habitat. The wings just about cover the abdomen in the Heath Damsel Bug and there is usually a reddish colouration to the abdomen. The adult in the upper two photographs, turned up in the sweep net at Sherwood Heath SSSI in July 2012 and the nymph below, was swept from Heather on Budby South Forest in late July 2017.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nabis ericetorum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). David Shaw. 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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