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Damsel Bug Look-a-Likes

Both damsel bugs and assassin bugs are general predators of small insects. Damsel bugs may be more abundant in crops fields, contributing more to pest management. Knowing the difference is valuable for educational, research, and pest management purposes.

Beak shape of damsel bug versus assassin bug

Image 1. Differences in beak and head shape between damsel bug and assassin bug.

Wings of damsel bug and assassin bug

Image 2. Differences in wing vein pattern between damsel bug and assassin bug.

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