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Species Chrysops vittatus

Deer Fly - Chrysops vittatus - female BG1502 D0007 - Chrysops vittatus - female BG1661-E1819 - Chrysops vittatus - female BG1661-E1819 - Chrysops vittatus - female Deer Fly - Chrysops vittatus - female Deer Fly - Chrysops vittatus - female Tabanidae? - Chrysops vittatus 2018-08-08 Deer fly - Chrysops vittatus
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 Chrysopsinae (Deer Flies)
Tribe Chrysopsini
Genus Chrysops
Species vittatus (Chrysops vittatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
nothing since 1926
Identification
Yellow abdomen with 4 brownish stripes; wing pattern although similar to many other Deer Fly species is diagnostic.
Range
Nova Scotia to North Dakota, south to northern Florida and Texas
Habitat
Larvae in all wet habitats; adults can be anywhere.
Season
Adults early June to late October, depending on latitude
Food
Females: Blood!
Remarks
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