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Jul 26, 2014 10:48 |  #1

Notch-horned Cleg (Haematopota pluvialis) - or The Horsefly, as most know it. Unfortunately, these large flies are also haematophagous (feed on blood) and give quite painful bites. Only the female bite however, though when they do, you damn well know it, but I'm sure this is a male. Only one photo taken before it flew off into the garden next door, but it sat patiently on the end of twig until I got the lens poked in it's face. Cropped for extra impact! And so you can better see those amazing eyes!

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Jul 26, 2014 14:20 |  #2

Lovely shot, Paul. Oh, I will never forget the bite of these mean flies; the itchiness follows you around for weeks, especially just when you're about to doze off. They sure do have fabulous eyes!


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Jul 26, 2014 16:28 |  #3

Ishrani wrote in post #17057681 (external link)
Lovely shot, Paul. Oh, I will never forget the bite of these mean flies; the itchiness follows you around for weeks, especially just when you're about to doze off. They sure do have fabulous eyes!

Thanks Ishrani.

Those eyes are amazing - as long as there is light enough to show them or else they look pretty drab!


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Jul 26, 2014 17:51 |  #4

Lovely capture. I suspect you'd have to be asleep to get properly bitten by one given they tear at the flesh rather than stick a syringe in to you.


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Jul 26, 2014 17:56 |  #5

racketman wrote in post #17057992 (external link)
Lovely capture. I suspect you'd have to be asleep to get properly bitten by one given they tear at the flesh rather than stick a syringe in to you.

Yeah - their jaws slice as they inject venom. Nasty. that's why it hurts - little scalpels slicing your skin apart!


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Jul 26, 2014 19:38 |  #6

Beautiful capture, Paul


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Jul 27, 2014 02:21 |  #7

Wonderful capture Paul, amazing eyes these have.


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Jul 27, 2014 02:59 |  #8

CanopicJar wrote in post #17058135 (external link)
Beautiful capture, Paul

Lester Wareham wrote in post #17058586 (external link)
Wonderful capture Paul, amazing eyes these have.


The eyes are their only redeeming aspects, lol...

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Jul 27, 2014 05:29 |  #9

Nice shot! Those things hurt when they bite! Killed about 4 this morning


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Jul 27, 2014 05:57 |  #10

This time of the year they are out in vast numbers in their natural habitat.

I'm lucky this was a sporadic raid to my garden!

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Jul 27, 2014 14:43 |  #11

Lovely shot Paul. We got dozens of these by the pool all summer.


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Jul 27, 2014 14:57 |  #12

Fortus wrote in post #17059637 (external link)
Lovely shot Paul. We got dozens of these by the pool all summer.

Nasty. Hope you keep the anti-histamine at the ready!


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