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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 one year 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 one year 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 one year ago, modified one year ago
      1. Oh my, sorry overlooked that. I guess the mimic works :) Posted one year 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 one year ago
          1. hmmmm, i'll double check. maybe the person on iNaturalist tagged it wrong.
            edit: you are right! thank you!
            Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
            1. It looks like an adult female to me... Posted one year ago
              1. yup! it is! Posted one year 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