Female Horse Fly

Subject :  Please help identify this insect
Geographic location of the bug:  I am located in Galloway , Ohio. It’s a suburb of Columbus
Date: 07/13/2021
Time: 05:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
Trying to identify what I think is an extremely huge fly. Have never seen one this big. It was easily over an inch long. I am most curious about it. I saw it in Galloway, Ohio the first week of July.
How you want your letter signed:  Tammy Henderson-Pollino

Horse Fly: Tabanus stygius

Dear Tammy,
That is one impressive female Horse Fly.  Female Horse Flies are blood suckers (males only suck the juices of fruits and may take nectar) and it is reported that a bite can be very painful.  The space between her eyes identifies this as a female and male Horse Flies have large eyes that have no space between them.  Thanks to this BugGuide image from Ohio, we are quite certain your individual is
Tabanus stygius and this individual from Texas also posted to BugGuide looks even more like your individual.

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