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Species Chlorotabanus crepuscularis

Crepuscular horse fly - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis - female Green horse fly - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis - female BG1666 D0241a - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis - female Horse Fly - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis Chlorotabanus crepuscularis Chlorotabanus crepuscularis - male Fly on Moth Sheet - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis Fly Albino? - Chlorotabanus crepuscularis - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Infraorder Tabanomorpha
Family Tabanidae (Horse and Deer Flies)
Subfamily Tabaninae (Horse Flies)
Tribe Diachlorini
Genus Chlorotabanus
Species crepuscularis (Chlorotabanus crepuscularis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
none recent
Explanation of Names
Chloro = green; tabanus = for the family Tabanidae
crepuscularis = active during the crepuscular hours of dusk and dawn
Numbers
Subfamily #3: Tabaninae
Tribe #1: Diachlorini
Genus #4: Chlorotabanus
the only species in the genus in NA
Size
about 18mm
Identification
Body pale green, eyes and thorax yellowish green. The only green tabanid in NA.
Range
An eastern species occurring south of a line from Delaware to southern Texas.
Habitat
Larvae predaceous, usually in soil at edge of water and in floating vegetation, occasionally in forest soil.
Adults in vicinity of larval habitats
Season
In Florida, flying from mid-March to mid-September with peak activity from May to mid-July.
Food
Females feed on mammalian blood
Remarks
As with all the blood-feeding tabanids, the females are responsive to Carbon Dioxide. I caught over 500 females in one night with a trap baited with dry ice in coastal South Carolina. Will also come to lights at night.
Regarded as a pest species in Florida