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horsefly,

common name for the large hairy fliesfly,
name commonly used for any of a variety of winged insects, but properly restricted to members of the order Diptera, the true flies, which includes the housefly, gnat, midge, mosquito, and tsetse fly.
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 of the family Tabanidae. Male horseflies feed on pollen and nectar, but the females suck blood as well and are common pests of animals and sometimes of humans. The bites of many species are very painful. The larger horseflies, e.g., the mourning horsefly and the 1-in. (2.5-cm) black horsefly, belong to the genus Tabanus; the smaller and more common banded horseflies, with black, brown, or yellow bodies and brilliantly colored eyes, are members of the genus Chrysops. The deerflies, which carry the diseases anthraxanthrax
, acute infectious disease of animals that can be secondarily transmitted to humans. It is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis) that primarily affects sheep, horses, hogs, cattle, and goats and is almost always fatal in animals.
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 and tularemiatularemia
or rabbit fever,
acute, infectious disease caused by Francisella tularensis (Pasteurella tularensis). The greatest incidence is among people who handle infected wild rabbits.
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, and in Africa, a filarial worm infestation, belong to this group. Horseflies are most abundant in hot weather. The eggs are laid on plants or stones close to water. The somewhat flattened 1-2-in. (1.3-cm) larvae have fleshy protuberances on each body segment, aiding in locomotion; they live in water or in moist earth and feed on snails and on other insect larvae. Horseflies are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Diptera, family Tabanidae. See insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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horsefly

any large stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, the females of which suck the blood of mammals, esp horses, cattle, and man
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The Bite-Lite horsefly trap is perfect for any sunny location where female horseflies are a nuisance, including commercial and residential horse stable yards, cattle farms, campgrounds, meadows, golf courses, gardens, ponds, swimming pools, water parks, state parks.
Otherwise the notorious "doctor flies" (big green eyed horseflies with a mean bite), mosquitoes, and no-see-ums will descend.
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I don't know if you are being bitten by mosquitoes or by horseflies but you are using every single issue to draw apocalyptic scenarios," declared in turn MP Pavel Shopov from the Ataka party which supports the Borisov government.
Stinging insects such as wasps and bees can cause a burning pain followed by a small red swelling, while biting insects such as horseflies, midges and ticks can cause a itchy red lump.
Beauty and the beast: a Cape orchid pollinated by horseflies.
Though it was our vacation and we had made ambitious plans for the week, the pull of the screened porch proved too great, causing us to scrap our agenda and spend our days reclining in twin hammocks, reading, beyond the reach of the horseflies and mosquitoes.
Black flies, brown flies, horseflies, deer flies; all emerge at this time to wreak havoc on every farmer's animals.
The blackflies have been replaced by deer flies a/k/a horseflies, a/k/a mooseflies.
Every day, along rivers including the Essequibo and Sipu, they would fend off swarms of horseflies that can carry river blindness, mosquitoes full of malaria and the tiny leishmaniasis-bearing sand flies.
9) The form of their name, originally Tafani da Barberino Val d'Elsa, was changed to Barberini to imply that they had been major landowners and even feudal lords, and their coat of arms was altered from three silver horseflies on a red field to three gold bees on blue, dropping the rustic woolshears that indicated the original source of their wealth.