One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Black Horsefly, Tabanus atratus.....Ed caught this and brought it in....I took one for the team
Actually not. We put it in the freezer to slow it down. It's no wonder that the bite hurts so much. If it's really a bite.....mmore like being cut by small scissors. Then they inject an anticoagulent and lap up the freely flowing blood. I'm not a bossy person, but you really have to click once on the photo to isolate it, and again to blow it up. You have to see those counterpoised scimitars, er mandibles close up.