Himacerus mirmicoides

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Himacerus mirmicoides
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Himacerus mirmicoides, upperside
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Side view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Nabidae
Genus: Himacerus
Species: H. mirmicoides
Binomial name
Himacerus mirmicoides
(O. G. Costa, 1834)
Synonyms
  • Aptus mirmicoides (O. G. Costa, 1834)

Himacerus mirmicoides, common name ant damsel bug, is a species of damsel bugs belonging to the family Nabidae, subfamily Nabinae.

Etymology[edit]

The name “mirmicoides” comes from the similarity of nymphs in the early instars to ants.

Distribution[edit]

These bugs can be found in most of Europe. [1]

Habitat[edit]

Nymph

These bugs can be found on the ground, in low herbage and in dry open areas. [2]

Description[edit]

Himacerus mirmicoides can reach a length of 7–8 millimetres (0.28–0.31 in).[2] These bugs have a brown body with a black connexivum showing orange-red spots. They are partly-winged, with quite reddish wings. [2]

This species is rather similar to Himacerus apterus, but it is smaller, with shorter antennae and longer wings. Moreover the hairs on the hind tibiae are shorter.[2]

The nymphs resemble ants and the appearance of a typical hymenopteran "waist" is created by the paler coloration of the back of the thorax, contrasting with the rest of the body which is mainly black. [2]

Biology[edit]

Adults can be found all year around. Mating and egg-laying begins in spring with the new generation occurring in August. [2]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kerzhner I.M., 1996 – Family Nabidae – Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palaearctic Region

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