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Horse Fly
Horse Fly


Horse flies
Horse flies (Tabanidae), also called forest flies, deer flies, gadflies, zimbs, clegs or marchflies, are a family of flies and belong to the blood sucking insects. There are approximately 4000 species of horse flies worldwide. Some examples of these species are: twin-lobed deerfly (Chrysops relictus), pale giant horsefly (abanus bovinus), band-eyed brown horsefly (Tabanus bromius), Tabanus sudeticus and notch-horned cleg (Haematopota pluvialis).

The females are drawn to humans and mammals by the smell of their sweat. They feed on their blood, sucking up to 0.2 ml from them. The males feed on nectar. In some species the females live off plants and carrion.

The bite of a horse fly can penetrate clothing and is much more painful than the sting of a mosquito due to the larger mouth parts. Horse flies are considered a risk to humans and animals, especially in Africa, as they carry diseases.


Further chapters of "Horse and Deer Flies"
- Horse-fly Tabanus sudeticus
- Pale giant horse-fly
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