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Subject:  Can you confirm my suspicion that this is a horsefly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Scotland
Date: 06/29/2018
Time: 02:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I have been finding these guys lying on their back in my back garden regularly (4 in the last 2 days). I thought they may have been honey bees.
I flipped them all back onto their feet only for them to roll back over.  It has been unusually warm here.
They are around 20mm in length.
I am a little concerned by the number of them appearing in my back garden because my 2 young children play there regularly.
Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Kev

Horse Fly

Dear Kev,
This sure looks like a Horse Fly to us.  The wing venation pattern matches the diagram posted to BugGuide.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Scotland

2 Responses to Horse Fly from Scotland

  1. Juliet says:

    Horsefly. Been seeing a lot more postings of these this year. I think they may be having a field day with the changing climate. Hopefully they can also provide some much-needed food for birds etc, since the demise of the other insects.

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