Deer fly

7375.      Brantford, Ontario. Canada


Number 7375.      This is a deer fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) in the genus Chrysops. It looks a lot like Chrysops vittatus – see Deer Fly Detailed Information; but I cannot be absolutely certain as several other species can have similar markings. Female deer flies are obligate blood feeders on mammals, including humans. Their ‘bite’ (more of a stab or slice) can be quite painful.

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  1. Rochelle says:

    That’s scary. I sent this submission because it flew out of my sweater when I was changing after a long bike ride and I didn’t know what in the world it was. Thanks again for replying to my submission so quickly.

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