Male Black Horse Fly

Subject: Big Black Flying bug at night
Location: Kingsville, Tx
November 15, 2016 10:12 pm
I live in South Texas, Kingsville. This is the first time I have ever seen this kind of bug. It likes my yellow bug light, but goes crazy with a flash. Anyway, it is about 1-2 inch long. Sending a picture.
Signature: Marko

Male Black Horse Fly
Male Black Horse Fly

Dear Marko,
Your images are really underexposed and lacking in detail, but they definitely reveal that your visitor is a Horse Fly.  Once we lightened the image by adjusting the levels, we could see that the eyes are spaced closely together, indicating this is a male.  We believe you have a male Black Horse Fly,
Tabanus atratus, and the good news is that only female Horse Flies are blood-suckers.

Hey thanks guys. I’m glad it wasn’t a female. I already had enough bloodsucking ex wives. JK LOL or am I.

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