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Black corsair (female)

Melanolestes picipes


All black, medium-sized assassin bug. Males macropterous (fully winged); female wings are variable, often just stubs (micropterous); females of 'abdominalis' are often macropterous, while regular picipes females usually have short wings.



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KarenL 11 years ago

And that you for your kind comments!

KarenL 11 years ago

Sorry to hear that Carol - that sucks! I'm sure there will still be plenty of critters hiding under rocks when you are better!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

See, I was going to do the rock thing today, but I was getting "sick" and now I am. Cold! HA! You!! No more lifting! And I love all your spottings. I love your enthusiasm and you of course are a very cool person. HA!

KarenL 11 years ago

Tell me about it! I have a dodgy shoulder at the moment & lifting all these rocks isn't helping it much. The alternative is much worse though - a dearth of spottings over the colder months! :)

Aaron_G 11 years ago

That's my favorite place to look. Too bad it gets harder to get up and down as we get older.

KarenL 11 years ago

Yes Leuba, I'm discovering whole new ecosystems under rocks!

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Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

What a collection ! - those pincers on the centipede are massive..

KarenL 11 years ago

Thanks Aaron!

Aaron_G 11 years ago

I see females are wingless, so yours may be an adult female. (?)

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Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Mar 6, 2012

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