Subject: What’s that bug
August 10, 2015 2:27 pm
I captured this beauty in Oxfordshire UK and have been struggling to identify it. Can you help ?
Signature: Gordon Sheret
We immediately recognized your fly as a male Horse Fly in the family Tabanidae, and our search for its species identity led us to the Influential Points: How to Catch Horse-Flies page and an image identified as Atylotus rusticus (scroll down) with this information: “As well as catching vast numbers of the commoner non-man-biting species (in particular Tabanus bromius), we have found host-seeking females of the very rare and local Atylotus rusticus both within and somewhat outside its usual haunts.” An image on Nature Photo has convinced us that this is in fact a male Atylotus rusticus.