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Genus Melanolestes

Unknown black/red insect - Melanolestes picipes - female Melanolestes picipes Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes Reduviidae ?? - Melanolestes picipes  Black and red beetle  - Melanolestes picipes - female Hemipteran - Melanolestes picipes Plant bug ? - Melanolestes picipes Brown/red assassin bug - Melanolestes picipes
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)