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Genus Melanolestes

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Peiratinae (Corsairs)
Genus Melanolestes
Explanation of Names
Melanolestes Stål 1866
'black thief'
2 spp. in our area
12-20 mm(1)
M. picipes (=abdominalis) QC-FL to MN-SD-UT-CA to Brazil(1); M. morio is noted from FL(2)