Horse Fly - Tabaninae - Tabanus by MotherNature

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There are quite a few flies in this family and they all have painful bites. Most females must have a meal of blood before they can reproduce, so they are determined to bite either livestock or people to get that meal. Some do carry parasites or diseases, but the most miserable thing bout them is the bite.

That being said, they can be important pollinators in some areas. Nothing is without some important aspect in the biodiversity of any given locale.

This fly was photographed September 4, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA. It was on my car – did you notice how clean I keep my vehicle?

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I used a SONY DSC-H9 camera.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 2 years ago

    This is a great capture – love the detail of the wonderfully l coloured eyes !!

  • The eyes are marvelous, aren’t they! Thanks for the lovely comment and the much treasured fave!

    – MotherNature

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 2 years ago

    ha yes, about as clean as mine :)
    Love this and the description is great!

  • Thanks, Maree:>) They are interesting and quite handsome (when not biting). The fave is a special treat!

    – MotherNature

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • A lovely thing to say:>) Many thanks for the comment and the fave, mmp – hope you enjoy your day!

    – MotherNature

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    Now I can see why they are able to give such a sharp bite!! How big is the creature in actuality, Carol? You hve done a great job portraying its anatomy!

  • This particular kind is about an inch long, but we have some we call “cow flies” that are big, dark colored, and take a pound of flesh when they bite (or at least it feels like it!). These guys fly around you and bump into you before trying to land and bite. Sometimes I think they’re “tasting” their potential meal. hahaha

    – MotherNature

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiabout 2 years ago

    Look at that eye! Brilliant.

  • I have to say I love their eyes! Thanks for coming by and leaving this great comment:>)

    – MotherNature

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