Tasmania, Australia. Image taken while the fly sat on our cooler box.The greenhead fly (Tabanus nigrovittatus) is a cousin to the black flies and horse flies that you might be more familiar with. Having hatched and developed quietly in the salt marshes they reach adulthood around mid July each year then, they emerge into marsh and beach habitats feeding until to early August. While adult greenheads only live those 3-4 weeks, the females make good work of consuming blood in that time to help with the production of anywhere from 300-6000 eggs a year. And they don’t do it gracefully like other blood sucking insects. Female greenheads tear out a chunk of skin and lap up the blood with their tongues.
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