Green Eyed Bug
Two of these showed up this morning. They are at least an inch long, (although it looked a lot bigger when it landed on my leg!)
Thanks, Rich Armstrong
North Stonington, CT

Hi Rich,
Luckily you didn’t get bitten by the American Horsefly, Tabanus americanus. It is usually found near swamps, marshes and ponds. Male eats pollen and nectar but the female takes blood from large mammals, including man. According to the Audubon Guide: “When the female bites, the wound inflicted often continues to bleed for several minutes because the fly’s saliva contains an anticoagulant that prevents clotting. A single animal may suffer a debilitating loss of blood if many of these insects attack it.”

Location: North Stonington, Connecticut

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