Explanation of Names
name used by the Romans for a kind of biting fly(1)(2)
>100 spp. in our area(3)
, hundreds? in the Old World
diverse genus; examples:
The 6 views shown below should enable any North American tabanid (Tabanus, Hybomitra and other Tabanid genera) to be identified to species:
dorsal view of entire fly to show abdominal pattern
lateral view of entire fly to show leg colour
face view to show frons, calli, eye pattern, and palps
frontal/lateral view of face to show antennae, palps, and eye pattern
lateral view of face to show antennae, palps, and eye pattern
wing to show spots (if any) and colour of wing membrane
; in our area, most diverse in so. US, with only 30 spp. in Canada and Alaska(4)
Throughout year in Florida; spring and summer further north.
Genus 1 (of 6) in the Tribe: Tabanini (which is Tribe 3 of the Subfamily: Tabaninae).
The 108 taxa (107 spp., 1 ssp.) are mostly southern (USA) compared to the mostly northern (Canada) genus Hybomitra. For example, Virginia has an estimated 53 spp. of Tabanus and 11 spp. of Hybomitra, whereas New Brunswick has 8 spp. of Tabanus and 20 spp. of Hybomitra.
Very few photos of adults; great opportunity for photographers to make a significant contribution.