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.
Found in a variety of habitats.
Peaking in summer.
The larvae appear to develop as predators in soil, seemingly in drier places than most other large horseflies.
Our most frequent medium-sized horsefly with most records coming from the southern half of Britain.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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