Haematopota pluvialis (M)

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 14 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Haematopota pluvialis (NL: Regendaas / EN: Common Horse Fly, Notch-horned Cleg Fly / DE: Regenbremse / FR: Taon des pluies) is a species belonging to the family Tabanidae subfamily Tabaninae. This species is present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in eastern Palearctic ecozone. The adult females grow up to 12 millimetres long and can be encountered during the daylight hours from late May through late August. The large compound eyes necessary for locating their preys are brightly colored. The thorax is grey, with black longitudinal stripes. The abdomen has clearer bands at the end of each black segment. Also the wings have a distinctive pattern, being dark mottled by several clear spots. Legs are black, with yellowish-brown rings. The females feed on mammal blood (hematophagy) (hence the Latin name Haematopota pluvialis, literally meaning 'blooddrinker of the rains'), needing blood for developing eggs. When they bite they inject fluids inhibiting the coagulation. In such a way blood flows out, allowing the horsefly to lap it. They are also able to bite people painfully.

Image: Wommelgem (BE) – 12/06/2012

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Becky from los angeles, United States

The detail.. is unreal! Those alien eyes phenomenal.

14 Jul 2012 6:39am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

1 woord : Schitterend!!!
Ik wens je een aangename zaterdag, Johan.

14 Jul 2012 8:44am

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Schitterend die ogen Johan!
Heb een fijne dag.

14 Jul 2012 11:40am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

5***** elle est sublime ta photo!!!!

14 Jul 2012 11:51am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

regard impressionnant !

14 Jul 2012 4:40pm

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Een regenboog aan kleuren, prachtige foto! En heel toepasselijk op deze (te) regenachtige en toch prachtige dag. :)

14 Jul 2012 7:00pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Very nice macro!

15 Jul 2012 12:07am

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning macro with fabulous details !!!

15 Jul 2012 2:19am

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Nature . by Libouton Martine

Macro Nature by Baldwin VW

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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