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Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes

Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes
Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 7, 2004

Assassin bug
I think this is actually the "black corsair," Melanolestes picipes, but without seeing the front and middle legs, I can't be certain. In Melanolestes, it looks like they have little "ankle weights," whereas in Reduvius personatus, the legs do not have any noticeable swelling.

I agree
on Black Corsair. This individual has a larger, chunkier (and shiny) pronotum, and overall heftier body than a Masked Hunter. I've seen many Masked Hunters, and none of them looked "beefed up" like this. Image moved to Melanolestes picipes page from Reduviid section.

again for all the ID help.

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