Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Big Beastie!

Flies are not my favourite form of wildlife but yesterday afternoon we had a whopper.
It rejoices under the name Tabanus sudeticus and is the bulkiest of British (horse) flies with a wingspan of almost 2 inches and distinctive scimitar-shaped antennae.
Wish I'd a photograph but though we potted it for id- it made a bolt for it when we attempted a mugshot.
As my wife said - if you went looking for one you'd never find it. 
This one just appeared from nowhere - plopped on the washing and just as quickly departed.
Looking at our "Insect" book I note we have seen one on two previous occasions  - in 2001 and 2005 (both in July).
This one was long overdue!  

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