Thursday, 23 May 2013

Horsefly or Cleg up close

There are over 30 different species of horseflies, horse flies or horse-flies in the UK. They are the most obnoxious of flies but also have strikingly colourful eyes.  Haematopota pluvialis, also known as the Cleg, moves with absolute silence, selects a suitable exposed area of skin, and sinks its mouthparts into our flesh - the first indication we have of its presence and by then its too late.  The 30 species are spread over 3 genera; Haematopota sp, Tabanus sp and Chrysops sp. 

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© H Haraldseide

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