Black Horse Fly

Male Black Horse Fly, Tabanus atratus
Location: Columbia, Missouri
September 13, 2011 12:39 pm
Here’s a pic I thought you might like for your files. This marvelous beast of a fly was on a black truckbed liner, and very wary–got one shot. Found mid-June, mid-Missouri, at a small camp site in a rural area (farms around).
The color in this image was not edited in any way, FYI.
Thanks to your site, which I visit regularly (and link to, on my blog), I was able to positively identify it pretty easily. Thanks for all you do!
Signature: Lisa, aka ”Mycologista”

Black Horse Fly

Hi Lisa,
This is a positively gorgeous male Black Horse Fly and a gorgeous photograph as well.

4 thoughts on “Black Horse Fly”

  1. We also just had a very large black fly on our truck liner. We had to look it up and found out what he is on your website. We are in New Hampshire.

  2. I just took a picture and a video of one of these flies. I didn’t know what it was. I had to look up big black flying bugs. It is beautiful.


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