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Insect and Spider Identification: Unknown wasp

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United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2012
1:06 AM

Post #9231097

I saw this large wasp on heather next to a loch in Scotland, it had a hairy body ad very large eyes, it made a very loud deep buzzing noise as it flew off.

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Minot, ND

August 6, 2012
3:48 AM

Post #9231138

Not a wasp, but a horse fly,
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2012
4:07 AM

Post #9231147

Thanks, knowing now that its a Horse Fly I looked at some species and think Tabanus sudeticus looks a good match, this species occurs in Scotland. Bit disturbing to think this is a bloodsucker, it was huge! Maybe 30mm long body length, though recalling being bitten by much smaller horseflies elsewhere they seem to bite without being noticed. Never heard an insect before with such a powerful sounding buzz as it flies.
Raleigh, NC

August 6, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9231160

Oh, you'd notice this one if it bit you, all right. I got thrown by a horse that got bitten by one of these. Ouch!

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