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Tabanus sp. (abdominalis?) - Tabanus abdominalis - female

Tabanus sp. (abdominalis?) - Tabanus abdominalis - Female
705 Hedrick Rd, Sinks Grove, Monroe County, West Virginia, USA
August 17, 2018
Size: 23 mm

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Tabanus sp. (abdominalis?) - Tabanus abdominalis - female Tabanus sp. (abdominalis?) - Tabanus abdominalis - female

i.d. characteristics.
For whatever it's worth, both the palps and antennae on this specimen are quite dark, almost black.

key characters
you must be more familiar with WVA tabanids than I, so likely your ID is correct.
however, abdominalis has the 1st posterior normally closed; sulcifrons, and your fly, has has it open

Specific i.d.
I've been giving this a lot of thought, and now believe that this specimen would best be moved from abdominalis to sulcifrons/abdominalis complex. I will be on the watch for additional specimens.

difficult group
my guess is T. sulcifrons

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