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    Grandmaster phylodog's Avatar

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    WTH is this thing?!?!?!

    Walked out on my back porch (screened in but the door propped open) and heard what sounded like a B1 bomber bouncing around out there. I looked over and saw this gigantic critter running into the screen trying to get out. I've never seen one of these unless it's just a horsefly at least twice the size of any I've seen before. For size reference, the pics were taken through the bottom of a jar with a standard sized ball lid on it.



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    they make horse flies in 2 sizes. Med and XL . XL is big as a borer bee. Med, about 3x the average deer fly.

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    We had horse flies like that in NJ, their bite was quite painful.




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    Holy mackerel, it measures 1.25" from nose to tail, longer if you measure to the wing tips.
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    Yep. Horse fly. Bites hurt like hell. Probably because it literally takes a teeny tiny chunk of skin. (as opposed to other insects that just poke a hole) I got bit by one and you could actually see a tiny divot in the skin where he bit me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phylodog View Post
    Holy mackerel, it measures 1.25" from nose to tail, longer if you measure to the wing tips.
    yup. We used to try and smash them into the water when we swam in the pond as kids. Almost as good a bass bait as cicadas. Harder to catch and get on a hook though.
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    Once when we were swimming there were a bunch of them. The would bite us whenever we surfaced we had to swim under water as long as we could. They were too fast to swat or catch. We finally got to shore, picked up our clothes and ran flailing our clothes to keep them off of us.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 2A_Tom View Post
    Once when we were swimming there were a bunch of them. The would bite us whenever we surfaced we had to swim under water as long as we could. They were too fast to swat or catch. We finally got to shore, picked up our clothes and ran flailing our clothes to keep them off of us.
    Sounds like the flies up on Pelee island, Canada. The place has TONS of black water marshes and ditches, so the island is full of biting black flies. One year I went fully clothed to the lighthouse on the beach to see how bad they were. long pants and sleeves and a hat. TONS of OFF on my face and head. Didnt matter to those things. They wouldnt bite but they'd land long enough to be annoying. The swarm was so bad I ran all the way back to the car. The last 100 yards was on the road well away from their habitat. Even at a full run, I could still feel them bouncing off the back of my head up until the last 50 yards or so. It was crazy!

    I now know what it feels like to be swarmed like road kill.
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    Our front porch runs along the front two bedrooms. The horse flies like to land on the outside of those two bedroom windows. My wife and I like to see who can swat the most horse flies. We flip the dead ones into a pile so the birds can feast on them all day. "Country fun" in these boring times... Horse fly season is usually two or three weeks long each year.
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    Tabanus atratus, black horse fly

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