Biocontrol Agent Profile

Damsel Bug
Nabid species


   Damsel bugs (Nabids) are slender, dull tan to grey insects about 5/16 inch long when mature.  They have long legs and long antennae.  Nabids feed on greenbugs, other aphids and soft bodied insects.  The adults overwinter in wheat and begin to reproduce in the spring.

Damsel Bug

Photo credit(s)

J.K.Clark, University of California Statewide IPM Project

Target wheat pest(s)