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Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes - male

Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes - Male
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 23, 2004
Size: 17 mm
Found at a light, moribund. Posed. Size measured by photographing adjacent to scale.

This species is rather similar to Reduvius peronatus. I have looked at several images and illustrations of both, and I am certain (enough) that this is Melanolestes.

Presence of wings shows this is a male, see this Univ. of Kentucky page.

(Eric Eaton confirms this below.)

female corsair
I have just posted a photo of a wingless female corsair at our University of Kentucky assassin bug page:
It was photographed in Rowan Co. Kentucky, June 2004

I agree
Melanolestes is easily told by the first two pairs of legs, which look like they have little "ankle weights." There is a Latin name for this modification, something like "sponga fossulosa" or something. Helps them hold prey and grip slippery surfaces. Females are wingless and found under debris on the ground.

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