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Nabids (damsel bugs) feed on small, soft-bodied arthropods in wheat fields. Both adults and immatures are predaceous. Nabids are widely distributed in wheat and other crops, and are frequently among the most abundant predatory insects in wheat fields. Adult nabids are winged and highly mobile. Nabids are not considered highly effective at controlling aphids because they lack the prey specificity associated with highly effective aphid predators. However, they contribute to the control of aphid infestations.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Nabids

Above: Nabid lifecycle, click on picture to enlarge.

 

Above: Photograph of an adult nabid.

 

 

Photograph of an immature nabid. The immature nabid is smaller than the adult and the wings are not fully developed.