Subject:  Deer fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Whitmore Lake, MI
Date: 07/14/2018
Time: 10:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello your Bugness,
Is this a deer fly?  It’s not orange like descriptions I’ve read.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in Whitmore Lake

Striped Horse Fly

Dear Curious in Whitmore Lake,
Deer Flies and Horse Flies are in the same family, Tabanidae, and your individual is a Horse Fly.  The space between the eyes indicates it is a blood sucking female.  Only female Horse Flies and Deer Flies Bite.  Males do not bite.  We believe we have identified your female Horse Fly as a Striped Horse Fly,
Tabanus lineola, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan

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