Tabanus (genus)

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Tabanus nigrovittatus female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Tom Murray
Source: BugGuide

Tabanus Linnaeus, 1758 - (horse flies)

This genus of horseflies contains around 1,000 species of blood-sucking flies. They have a world-wide distribution and important pests species are found in temperate regions. The larger species often attack livestock and some of the smaller species bite humans. The adults have a length of 10-25 mm. Some species have metallic or iridescent eyes. In males the eyes meet in front, but are separated in females.

For a taxonomic review of the genus see Morita et al., 2016.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: