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    Default The only good horsefly

    This is the little sod which got me, second bite in a week, possibly from the same fly, she didn't make it through the night. Not 100% but reckon this is a Narrow Winged Horsefly, Tabanus maculicornis , it packs a punch for its size, had a good lump on my thigh for a couple of days, as ever had no idea it had landed there at all



    This one would have had it, a kite tailed robber fly waiting for lunch Machimus atricapillus




    And finally a larger specimen

    Musha rig um du rum da

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    Here's me thinking you was referring to pegasus pegasus.
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    Horseflies love me sadly, the only good horsefly is a DEAD one. If i am bitten i use HC45 cream seems to knock the worst of the bite on the head.

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    Somehow Ive always managed to give them the DailyMail before they could bite a lump out of me.They can land on you without you knowing it...sneaky wee feckers.

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    I remember as a lad at the burn getting a painful bite/sting from something but that doesn't look like it, from memory it looked something like a sedge,
    It left a small raised pale circle with a bulls eye... Anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    Yes it was very like that what is it?
    I remember it feeling like a burning needle had been stuck in my arm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Yes it was very like that what is it?
    I remember it feeling like a burning needle had been stuck in my arm?
    Bite from horse or cleg fly. You don't feel the initial bite, mandibles act scissor like when biting.
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    The key to their success is they are quiet - mosquitoes don't stand a chance at night here because I hear them coming a mile off.

    I often walk around the local woods here in the evening. I think they are a kind of horsefly but stay static for just a few seconds and one lands on bare flesh. It's a bit tricky having a wee as holding the "lad" with one hand whilst swiping with the other frequently leads to accidents
    There is a local saying, referring to salmon and sea trout rivers, that these will not fish well "until the bracken is tall enough to hide your bicycle"

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    Not too many yet but as said above a nasty pest. My wife usually gets bitten and the site of the bite invariably turns into a nasty sore.
    What we have seen a lot of this year are European Hornets - seriously large at over an inch long. Thankfully haven't been stung but one did buzz me as I cut the lawn today probably thinking the hum from our battery lawnmower was a threat.

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