Francine's picture

Very Strange

Observed: 20th August 2011 By: FrancineFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in Invertebrates

It took me a while to work out was going on here, or even how many legs there were! I think a predatory bug just just attacked a harlequin ladybird pupa and extracted the larva. The closest I can get is a Damsel Bug.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


kcf32's picture

Tree v Ant

I looked at H mirimicoides but suggested H apterus as its antennae seemed longer than the length of the thorax and abdomen, the leg pattern (not sure of its significance) and the photograph on the British Bugs site having pale dots on the connexivum.


Francine's picture

British Bugs

I looked at the British Bugs site and couldn't work out which one it was, and as this is the first Damsel Bug I've come across, I decided to leave it at species level.

kcf32's picture

Damsel bugs

I think that you need to have the bug in front of you whilst looking at the website to make an informed decision!


Wildlife Ranger's picture

Damsel Call

Hi Keith / All

Yes its definitely a close call and difficult to compare the relative dimensions for that reason I have been cautious and revised it to Genus Jo Botting may be able to throw some light on it well spotted though getting it thus far !!!

Best Wishes


Dioctria's picture

Difficult to estimate the

Difficult to estimate the antennae length from this angle, but going by the length of the hairs on the hind tibia and the shorter wings I'd say the this is a Tree Damsel Bug that has just completed its final moult.


rimo's picture

Whichever species the bug, it

Whichever species the bug, it hasn't eaten the Harlequin pupa - that looks to have hatched normally

Record your ladybird sightings!

Francine's picture

Sorry Rimo

For some reason I've only just read your message and see what you mean. I don't think I knew what harlequin ladybird pupa looked like when I posted this. You're right, the nymph is alive and well...