Subject: green eyed wasp imposter
Geographic location of the bug: Kiyikoy, Turkey
Time: 04:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Can anyone tell me what this is and a bit more about it? I’ve been told it’s not a wasp and doesn’t sting but I don’t trust yellow and black flying things. It’s larger than a normal UK wasp.
How you want your letter signed: Domino
This is a Horse Fly in the family Tabanidae, and females bite larger animals like horses, cattle and other livestock, sucking blood as they feed. They are opportunistic and will bite humans if there is no other available prey. Based on Diptera Info, it might be Tabanus promesogaeus and the person who submitted the images claims: “Common and very ready to bite painfully as I know to my cost…”