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Biting fly - Silvius gigantulus

Biting fly - Silvius gigantulus
Big Basin Redwoods SP, Slippery Rock area, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 11, 2009
Size: 5/8"?
This repentant biting fly was quite cooperative after he hit the ground, and I hadn't squished it in the act of getting it to stop biting me.

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Biting Fly
This fly is Silvius gigantulus (Loew). The spotted eyes are characteristic of the Genus Silvius.

Colorful Eyes usuall = Deer Fly
They have gorgeous eyes, but ouch! Though we don't have that species, our Deer Flies can be VICIOUS. Having thick hair and wearing a hat helps, but boy are they persistent! I'm sure someone can give you a specific species.

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