Band-Eyed Brown Horsefly - Tabanus bromius


This species has a body length of a body length of 13 to15 mm. A number of similar, rarer species exist.  It is easier to identify live females which have a single strongly-formed coloured eye band (lost in pinned specimens). The abdomen is usually pale buff with dark grey markings, but the basal tergites can exhibit a reddish ground colour in some specimens.

Identification difficulty

Found in a variety of habitats.

When to see it

Peaking in summer.

Life History

The larvae appear to develop as predators in soil, seemingly in drier places than most other large horseflies.

UK Status

Our most frequent medium-sized horsefly with most records coming from the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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