Green Female Horse Fly

Subject: fly
Location: southeast Texas
March 29, 2012 4:16 pm
I spied this unique fly – it looks like a horsefly, but is green. ’can’t seem to find it here on the site. It is not a bottle fly – much bigger.
Signature: Melanie

Chlorotabanus crepuscularis

Hi Melanie,
She, recognizable by her wide spaced eyes, really is a beautiful green Horse Fly,
Chlorotabanus crepuscularis.  Green Horse Fly is a perfect common name for the genus since “Choloro” refers to the color green and Tabanus is a genus of Horse Fly.  According to BugGuide:  “Body pale green, eyes and thorax yellowish green. The only green tabanid in NA.”

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