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Genus Melanolestes

Pinned Specimen - Melanolestes picipes Assassin Bug - Melanolestes picipes - female BG3165 F0421h - Melanolestes picipes - male Black Cosair Assassin - Melanolestes picipes - male Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes Black Cosair Assassin - Melanolestes picipes - male Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes - Melanolestes picipes - female Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes
Classification
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'
Numbers
2 spp. in our area
Size
12-20 mm(1)
Range
M. picipes (=abdominalis) QC-FL to MN-SD-UT-CA to Brazil(1); M. morio is noted from FL(2)