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Subject: Biting insect
Location: Tipperary, Ireland
July 12, 2017 9:48 am
I was bitten by an insect last week that left a red itchy mark that seemed to get infected. I was outside at the time in Ireland (July). I killed the insect when brushing it off me. The only way to stop the itching and make the spit go away is to apply iodine. Luckily today I saw one of the bugs crawling on my table outside. Im almost sure its the same thing.
Signature: Any help would be appreciated

Possibly Damsel Bug

Your image does not have the critical detail we would like to get for identification purposes, but this is definitely a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera.  They have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, but we don’t believe this is a blood-sucker.  It might be a predatory Damsel Bug, and there are some images on the British Bugs site that look similar, but not similar enough for us to make an identification.

Specimen ID
Location: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center, Las Vegas NV
March 20, 2012 3:09 pm
This was caught a number of times in a Malaise Trap. About 20 mm. I think it is one of the Damsel bugs (Nabidae) and perhaps the genus Nabis.
What do you think?
Signature: Bruce Lund

Damsel Bug perhaps

Hi Bruce,
It does look predatory to us.  Small Hemipterans can be very difficult for us to identify.  We are content to classify this as a Damsel Bug on our site until a real expert can provide us with other information.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Possibly Damsel Bug

Thanks Daniel!

I’m leading a high school club doing an insect survey in the Red Rock
Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) here in Las Vegas.  It’s a neat
collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management (manages RRCNCA) is
enthusiastically allowing me and my students to survey for insects with
nets, traps, etc. as our ‘field laboratory’.  The West Career and
Technical Academy high school is also excited to have this experience for
their students and has provided us with a biology classroom/lab as our
home base with equipment like microscopes, computer, printer, etc.  The
non-profit Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association is providing funding
for purchase of nets and other collecting equipment, books, and more.
This survey should run for at least 2 full school years and so the
students will become quite accomplished young entomologists and RRCNCA
will get valuable biological survey work on a major wildlife group as well
as interpretive materials from the students.

This is a long way of letting you know you will be getting ID requests
from my students over time. Be assured that we will only be sending
requests AFTER we have done all we can to ID specimens through references,
keys, Bugguide, local experts (very few). Let me know if you have thoughts
about all this, even if you’d rather not have my students send images.

Bruce Lund

Thanks for the Head’s Up Bruce.  We will have to find a way for our staff to single out your future submissions for attention as our requests for identification are beginning to increase.  This project sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

I’m not surprised at your lack of NV submissions because there are hardly
any insect field workers in the state.  For years, I’ve been virtually the
only one working on dragonflies and damselflies and just in my small work
area (basically the three southern counties), I found 6 new county records
and a state record.  It’s not because I’m so good, rather because so few
people are or have been looking.  In case it might be of interest,
attached is an ARGIA article on local odonates done by me and Alan Myrup.
I’m not putting Alan down, but 98% of the article was my work -it’s a long

And now I’ve started expanding into all insects – a huge personal
challenge, but fun and rewarding.


Tiny Bug
Location: Missouri
November 19, 2010 4:10 pm
I took this picture about a month ago (10-24-10). I really have no idea what kind of bug it is and would love some help on an ID.
Signature: Nathanael Siders

What's That Bug?????: Damsel Bug we believe

Hi Nathanael,
Daniel had a really rough week and he is baking Sliva Crumble to take to an early turkey dinner.  This is a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera.  It appears to be predatory and we do not believe it is a Damsel Bug.  We will try searching BugGuide when we have a chance.  Meanwhile, we are starting a spin-off of the original What’s That Bug? and it will be a doppleganger of What’s That Bug? Tagged What’s That Bug?

Well, tell Daniel that I hope he can have a relaxing weekend and Thanksgiving.  I appreciate you guys getting to this so quickly and now that you have given me a direction to go, I will do some searching as well.  I will reply back if I find anything promising.

November 21, 2010
We finally had an opportunity to check out the Damsel Bugs on BugGuide and we believe this individual looks very much like a member of the genus
Nabis that is pictured on Bugguide.