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Tabanus bovinus (Pale Giant Horse Fly)

Synonyms: Tabanus auratus

Wikipedia Abstract

Tabanus bovinus, sometimes called the pale giant horse-fly, is a species of biting horse-fly. As the name suggests, it prefers bovine animals as the source of blood, although it may bite other kind of mammals as well. The insect is relatively large for a horse-fly, adults usually being 25–30 mm long. Like most other horseflies, its compound eyes are very colorful with stripe-like patterns. Its body and wings are mostly colored brownish gray. It is quite fast and an able flier, being capable of evading most attempts to swat it with ease. It bites humans infrequently, because of its preference of bovine animals. This loud-buzzing horse-fly can be a nuisance, as it circles around its target and occasionally lands to deliver a bite (in the case of humans, the fly usually takes off again instea
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Prey / Diet

Capreolus capreolus (western roe deer)[1]
Ochlerotatus punctor <Unverified Name>[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Chrysops caecutiens (Splayed Deer Fly)1
Chrysops relictus (Twin-lobed Deer Fly)1
Hybomitra micans (Black-legged Horse Fly)1
Tabanus autumnalis (Large Marsh Horse Fly)2
Tabanus bromius (Band-eyed Brown Horse Fly)2


Europe, Russia, North Africa;



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