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Aug 17, 2012 10:59 AM

Horsefly ID request

Can anyone identify this large horsefly that I saw? I've seen it next to a loch in Scotland a couple of times, its large, much bigger than a common wasp about 20-30mm long. Makes quite a loud deep buzzing as it flies.

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Dave

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    Aug 17, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to Dave74)
    Re: Horsefly ID request

    Hi Dave,

     

    I am no pro but I am confidant the first photo is a common and harmless hover fly ( approx 250 species) possibly Scaeva pyrastri, but the second is definately a horse fly and given the size is probably Tabanus sudeticus. I am sure someob=ne will check as well...but i may be correct! I have been bitten by too many horseflys and still bear the scars lol.

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        Aug 18, 2012 8:26 AM (in response to Dave74)
        Re: Horsefly ID request

        Nice to be correct! I am glad you survived the encounter. With all this wet weather and my venturing into flooded fields...I have been ravaged on several occasion by smaller versions. Not nice. That said it is the female of this species (I have read) that attacks with a loud hum and is very persistent. Eeek.

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