One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender, long-legged predatory fly.
Family Rhagionidae: many genera and species
- ‘In the true flies (order Diptera) there are mosquitoes, midges, black flies, crane flies, snipe flies, hover flies, and shore flies.’
- ‘A number of different kinds of flies feed on blood, including mosquitoes (family Culicidae), black flies (family Simuliidae), no-see-ums or biting gnats (family Ceratopogonidae), sandflies (family Psychodidae), snipe flies (family Rhagionidae), horse and deer flies (family Tabanidae) and stable flies (family Muscidae).’
- ‘Biting snipe flies appeared in large numbers on 15 June and then declined, being nearly gone on 25 July.’
- ‘Flies such as house flies, horn flies, stable flies, greenhead flies, deer flies, snipe flies, black flies and whatever other unfavorites you can think of breed in the manure and feed on the horse's blood.’
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