Horse Fly

My Home: I am generally found near areas that contain water
and also close to livestock areas, which is a food source.

What I eat: As a larva, I eat other insects, worms, snails
and occasionally a small fish. If I am an adult female, I will
drink the blood of large animals and humans. If I am a male
adult, I will only drink nectar from flowers or juices from fruit.

What I look like: I am up to 1 ¼ inches in length. I can
have grey, black, or a brown body and my two wings
are generally dark colored. I resemble a housefly, but
am larger and have short horn shaped antennae.

How I am born: I go through four stages of development:
egg, larva, pupa and adult. My egg is laid on plants in
or near water. Once I hatch, as a larva I will spend one
to two years growing in moist soil or water. As an adult,
I only live for a few days.

  Fun Facts
If a horse or deer fly lands on you and bites, it is
a female fly.
There are approximately 3,000 species
of horse flies world-wide; 350 in North America alone!