(English) Orchids and Horse Flies

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2 Responses to “(English) Orchids and Horse Flies”

  1. Malcolm Short says:

    Hi. Interesting read, but in fact it’s only the female horsefly that bites. Males are quite harmless and lack biting mouth parts entirely. Females need a blood meal to help with egg development. The captured Cleg fly in the photos is a female, so once she was free, she would have been very capable of giving you a bite. :)

  2. Bruce says:

    thanks for pointing this out Malcolm.
    I don’t suppose there’s an easy way of telling the sexes apart when they land on you?