Other Common Names
Orangespotted Assassin Bug, Corsair
Explanation of Names
from Hebrew rashah (רשע) 'rascal'
Large, dark reddish-brown, corium
in part yellow, membrane with a large yellow median spot (1)
. Blatchley (2)
also notes that "front tibiae but little dilated near apex in front of the elongate spongy fossa
; corium and membrane of elytra with a yellow spot"--characters separating from Melanolestes
. Other features(2)
eyes are larger and more convex than in Melanolestes
ocelli larger, more oval and set diagonally on a bilobed tubercle--compared to Melanolestes.
scutellar spine compressed, longer and more slender--compared to Melanolestes.
key to eastern species(2)
Inner portion of basal half of corium
as far as tip of the clavus
, yellow; clavus black at base, its apical half or more yellow; body of male narrow, the connexivum
narrowly or not at all exposed. -->hamatus
Basal half of corium
and the clavus both in great part yellow; body broad, the connexivum
widely exposed in both sexes.-->biguttatus
neotropical group ranging into so. US: R. biguttatus
NC-FL west to IA-TX-CA(1)
, R. hamatus
se. US; other spp. southwestern
Ground-loving, frequently found under rocks. Comes to lights.
Amyot C.J.B., Serville A. (1843) Histoire naturelle des insectes. Hémiptères. Paris: Librairie encyclopédique de Roret. (Full text