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Black Horse Fly

Tabanus atratus


Jet black body 3/4-11/8" long, black wings are longer & unpatterned. 2 large eyes are also black. Larva are white with black bands.


Meadows & open grasslands or marshy areas. This one caught by TJ at "Rebel Ranch" in Kennesaw, Ga., by stables. Range: Midwest & East North American Food: male drinks nectar, female drinks blood from large mammals. Female lands on victim's neck, head or back & quickly slices the skin with Its blade like mouthparts. Males have very short life spans, females survive until fall.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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