Male Black Horse Fly

Subject: Silver & Black Insect
Location: Maryville, TN
July 22, 2013 11:29 am
This particular insect was found by a co-worker of mine today (07/22/2013) at approximately 1:30 p.m. in Maryville, Tennessee. To me, it seems to have many similarities to a horse fly but I have never seen one quite like this. Could you please help me indentify this insect? Thank you kindly.
Signature: Cody Moyers

Black Horse Fly
Male Black Horse Fly

Hi Cody,
This is a Horse Fly, and we believe it is a Black Horse Fly, Tabanus atratus.  This photo from BugGuide shows a similar coloration and we believe the eyes are reflecting back light, making them appear silvery.  The close-set eyes indicates this is a male.

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