Black Horse Fly (Tabanus atratus)

Order: Diptera
Family: Tabanidae
Genus: Tabanus
Species: atratus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Alexander, Arkansas
Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Orange Park, Florida
Edwardsville, Illinois
Peru, Illinois
Brownfield, Maine
Concord, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Trenton, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Spring City, Tennessee
Cedar Creek, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Royse City, Texas
Danville, Virginia
Poquoson, Virginia
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Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Aug 2, 2020, Alyce413 from Spring City, TN wrote:

This Stealth Fighter bug is currently parked on the roof of my porch. Solid black. Huge. Does not look friendly. I am keeping a close eye on it and a close distance. I am hoping he will fly away to greener pastures ASAP.

Negative

On Aug 8, 2016, Wolverine78 from Peru, IL wrote:

Just saw this Military Fighter Jet of a fly in my garage. Not sure whether to kill it or risk letting it kill me. Either way, this thing ain't no joke. Imma call him my homie cause I ain't want no beef. Location Peru, Illinois

Negative

On Aug 17, 2006, BackyardZoo from Poquoson, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Really painful bite, but tends to target livestock more than people. An especially big nuisance when I had horses. Luckily, they are a tad slower on the get-away than some other flies. You still have to be quick, but you have a chance.

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