Huge Horse-fly

By | September 14, 2009


Horse-fly Facts and Camera Settings

The bite from a larger Horse-fly is extremely painful, especially considering the light, agile, and airborne nature of the fly. Unlike insects which surreptitiously puncture the skin with needle-like organs, horse flies have mandibles like tiny serrated scimitars, which they use to rip and/or slice flesh apart. This causes the blood to seep out as the horsefly licks it up. They may even carve a chunk completely out of the victim, to be digested at leisure.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “Huge Horse-fly

  1. Huw Spanner

    I pity horses! When you look closely at insects, you can see them as fantastically sophisticated little machines, exquisitely designed and constructed to do their job. Still, I’d squish any horsefly if I got half a chance…

  2. Paul

    I wondered what they looked like before I swatted ’em! Until this year, I’d never had an insect bite but now I’m covered in holes, many made by the lovely horse-fly.

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  4. Tom @ Ohio Nature

    Steve- With those black eyes and black body that just seem to suck in all the light, this creature looks like the dark superhero of the fly world. Very cool image.

  5. Lili Feldman

    Steve, I appreciate the fact that you often give us info about your subjects. I never knew this about horse-flies. This is like “look and learn”. Because most probably I would not take the time to look up the info. I’ve never encountered a horse-fly here in So. Calif. I’m
    grateful. Thanks.

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