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Black Corsair (Melanolestes picipes) ♀ On a chert path near the edge of a dense mixed (hickory-oak) forest. <br />
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Black Corsair (Melanolestes picipes) ♀

On a chert path near the edge of a dense mixed (hickory-oak) forest.

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  1. Amazing how you keep identifying these all-black beetles, I wouldn't know where to start. What is a chert path, btw? Posted 7 days ago
    1. A type of sedimentary rock :) It is often used to provide structure for driveways and dirt roads.

      https://geology.com/rocks/chert.shtml
      Posted 7 days ago
    2. This is actually a Reduviid (assassin bug) female. I'm thinking this is possibly a beetle mimic as it hunts beetles! And don't feel bad. It tricked me at first too (until I zoomed into my photos and got a closer look)! Posted 7 days ago, modified 7 days ago
      1. Oh my, sorry overlooked that. I guess the mimic works :) Posted 7 days ago
        1. Awesome! Are you sure it's a nymph? They are sexually dimorphic with the males being fully winged, but the females have no hind wings and only reduced wing pads as front wings. **Also, be careful if you handle them - they bite! Posted 7 days ago
          1. hmmmm, i'll double check. maybe the person on iNaturalist tagged it wrong.
            edit: you are right! thank you!
            Posted 7 days ago, modified 7 days ago
            1. It looks like an adult female to me... Posted 7 days ago
              1. yup! it is! Posted 7 days ago

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''Melanolestes picipes'', known generally as the black corsair or black May beetle-eater, is a species of corsair in the family Reduviidae. It is found in Central America, North America, Oceania, and South America.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jun 10, 2019. Captured Jun 9, 2019 02:54 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/5.6
  • 1/128s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm