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A Delicate Damsel Bug Is An Effective Predator

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Nabis capsiformis aka Pale Damsel Bug (?)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Nabidae
Mount Barker – November 24th, 2014 – on garden plants on private property of mixed and native species

Photos: Karin Dawson

This group resemble Assassin Bugs, but are smaller and more slender. They are predators and keep their rostrum, a segmented, proboscis-like mouth with a long tube, under their body, and extend it to spear prey and suck out their innards like a milkshake through a straw – Many species hold their prey like Mantids – This species may be an introduced one.

Please notify me if the ID is inaccurate.