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.

Location: Missouri

4 Responses to Black Horse Fly

  1. Sue Beaulieu says:

    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. Carmen says:

    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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