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Horse flies

Since moving to my present house I have had no problem with mozzies etc. but this year I am plagued with horse flies as is my daughter who lives locally near me. I was swatting constantly yesterday when trying to pick the blackcurrants.
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,871
    Yup, worst year ever here. No more horses than usual.🧐
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,662
    We get them too, along withe other biting beasties so I've taken to using an insect repellent spray.  Works a treat when I'm down n the veggie plot which is in front of next door's cow barns and home paddocks.
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,732
    I got bitten to bits picking fruit last week. We've also started getting these guys now too, they're like horse flies on sterioids. :#  So far I've managed to avoid a nibble but I imagine they could take your whole arm off if they wanted.



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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,893
    Yes - we're getting them very bad this year and also some of those monsters. What are those?
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,732
    One of the giant horse flies. I think they prefer cows over anything else but I'm not going to risk a bite from something that can punch a hole through leather. :o
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,871
    Maybe what is known as a Bot fly.
    Especially fond of getting you on your bot.
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 11,523
    Christos.
  • I have bites all over my arms and legs. Am thinking twice about trying to pick the redcurrants
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,852
    That's not a bot fly but I don't know what it is. Never seen so many horse flies as this year.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,732
    I think it is Tabanus sudeticus the giant dark horse fly. The biggest fly in Europe apparently B)


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