Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hot, and Dry bring Horseflies!

The horseflies this year have been notably numerous, 
perhaps because of the mild winter and hot and dry conditions. 

I see them everywhere - in limbs of trees, 
hanging on the window grooming,

or buzzing at my head when swimming and aiming to take a chunk out of my arm.

The females of these true flies can inflict a rather painful and quick bite with their razor sharp mandibles and are in need of a blood meal in order to reproduce. 

On a more positive note, 
they are also play a role in pollination as they also feed on nectar and pollen. 

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