Male Western Horse Fly

Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Valley
May 8, 2016 5:51 pm
Hello i live in california bakersfield and saw this bug and couldnt find out what it is can you identify it?
Signature: Caleb

Male Western Horse Fly
Male Western Horse Fly

Dear Caleb,
This is a male Western Horse Fly,
Tabanus punctifer, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism, meaning the males and females can be mistaken for different species.  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.  The males have larger eyes with no spacing between them.  Only female Horse Flies feed on blood.

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