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What is the behavior of horse flies?

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What is the behavior of horse flies?

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Deer flies, horse flies, and yellow flies belong to the same family (Tabanidae). There are many species (Tabanus, Hybomitra, Chrysops) of these blood-feeding flies that are known by several different names (eg: greenhead). By any name these pests are vicious, painful biters, making life miserable for horses, livestock, and people. Horse fly bites are more than an annoyance. They can transmit disease, including EIA (equine infectious anemia), Potomac Horse Fever, and possibly Lyme disease (New England Journal of Medicine 322:17:52, 1990). The fly’s sharp mouthparts saw through the skin of the victim making a bleeding wound which allows the fly to suck blood for several minutes. Like the mosquito only the female bites to feed on blood. Horse flies (deer flies and yellow flies are similar) deposit egg masses usually on vegetation over moist soil or near water where the larva burrow into moist soil or the bottoms of ponds or streams. They also burrow into dry soil. Larva feed on organic ma

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