Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Horse­fly

(Hae­matopota plu­vi­alis) about half an inch long

Known in Scot­land as clegs—a Norse word for the many horse­flies that are re­ferred to col­lec­tively, by their old English name of gad­flies—these large, brown, men­ac­ing flies sport mot­tled wings, large iri­des­cent eyes and in­tri­cate mouth parts, which in­flict a very painful bite af­ter the in­sect lands on its vic­tim to­tally un­de­tected. Only the fe­male drinks blood to en­able it to pro­duce eggs, but her bites spread dis­ease. Si­mon Lester

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