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Species Chrysops vittatus

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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 Chrysopsinae (Deer Flies)
Tribe Chrysopsini
Genus Chrysops
Species vittatus (Chrysops vittatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
nothing since 1926
Yellow abdomen with 4 brownish stripes; wing pattern although similar to many other Deer Fly species is diagnostic.
Nova Scotia to North Dakota, south to northern Florida and Texas
Larvae in all wet habitats; adults can be anywhere.
Adults early June to late October, depending on latitude
Females: Blood!
Especially abundant and bothersome in the New Brunswick forests. Often a pest species wherever found.
A very similar species found along the coast from Virginia to Florida was once considered a subspecies but is now considered a full species, i.e., Chrysops floridanus