Friday, August 11, 2006

American Horsefly

American HorseflyThis is an example of the green headed horseflies that along with many mosquitos made camping difficult during our trip to Maine. Tabanus americanus. It is usually found near swamps, marshes and ponds. Male eats pollen and nectar but the female takes blood from large mammals, including man. According to the Audubon Guide: "When the female bites, the wound inflicted often continues to bleed for several minutes because the fly's saliva contains an anticoagulant that prevents clotting. A single animal may suffer a debilitating loss of blood if many of these insects attack it." I personally lost two pints but was able to replace it with some Maine Maple Syrup. This gave me enough energy to get through another day of shopping in Freeport (at LL Bean and all the other outlets).


Blogger Talimena Tammy said...

So that's what it looks like!

4:26 PM  

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