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Whatisthis

Observed: 11th July 2013 By: StillWalks
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Description:

Saw this in my studio yesterday. Larger than a wasp with huge eyes and a horn at the front and yellow and black striped body.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

Tabanus

Looks like it could well be Tabanus sudeticus, but would need a size measurement and clear view of the abdomen to confirm.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

StillWalks's picture

Horsefly

I guess I have never had the opportunity to photograph one up close before but I always thought of them as smaller than this. This seemed and sounded like a monster to me but that could be because it was in my studio and not out in the field.

The size was approximately 2 - 2.5 cms with a low buzz like a large bumble bee.

mikeh22's picture

Little so and so's. Pestered

Little so and so's. Pestered me throughout my summer fieldwork and given me a fair few bites. I don't really advocate killing anything but they are a pain.