One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stoutly built fly, the female of which is a bloodsucker and inflicts painful bites on horses and other mammals, including humans.
Genus Tabanus, family Tabanidae: numerous species
- ‘Try to avoid camping near water, such as ponds and swamps where insects such as mosquitoes and horseflies are commonly found.’
- ‘A bite from a horsefly can be very painful, can take a long time to heal and can lead to an infection.’
- ‘No, we're here in this God-awful sun, dodging horseflies and getting chopped grass stuck all over us and sweating so much that we'll never get dried off and clean before the party, that's what we're doing!’
- ‘Once I was camping in Canada during mid-summer, and the horseflies were so big that they devoured my traveling companion while he was taking a nap.’
- ‘The horsefly's larva spirals up and down through soft mud, creating a cylindrical column in which it pupates.’
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