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Cleg fly sucks blood

Observed: 13th June 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Horsefly / Cleg fly (Haematopa pluvialis) swelling up as it sucks blood from photographer's arm.
Description:

Never one to miss a photo op - I gave blood to get this photo of a hungry horsefly gorging itself on my arm. Drops of excess water drip out the rear end as they swell up .. Luckily I don't react and the pain was bearable, just... I think it' H. pluvialis by the psychedelic eye patterning and mottled wings.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Notch-horned Cleg Fly / Common Horse Fly (Haematopa pluvialis)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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I think you are probably

I think you are probably right, but the eyes and patterned wings just point to the genus. The pattern in the basal cell is just visible and is right for pluvialis.

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Nick Upton's picture

Thanks

Many thanks for the extra ID detail.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.