Texas-Sized Horse Flies!

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The border is supposed be be closed, but some of them Huge Texan Horse Flies have escaped and have been caught attacking horses here in Virginia.  Their bite feels like a sharp burn..it hurts…they’ve bitten me too!

I’ve killed 100s of them, but they’re still coming, undaunted.  Tactical teams need to be mobilized and deployed immediately!  Thousands of men, women and children will be required to don baseball bats and giant fly swatters and kill enough of the band of horseflies to demoralize them and make them turn tail and go back to Texas where they belong.

We here in Virginia just can’t take this anymore! Enough already!

Horse Fly

Horse Fly, common name for any of more than 2000 species of robust, fast-flying, biting flies with short antennae. They are worldwide in distribution. Many horse flies, which are also called gadflies, are large, with broad heads, flattened bodies, and brilliantly colored compound eyes. The females have short piercing and sucking mouthparts. They live on the blood of animals, and their bite is usually painful. Male horse flies, which do not bite, feed on the nectar of flowers. Female horse flies place their eggs on water plants in summertime. The larvae drop to the moist ground or into water after hatching and feed on small animal life, including insects. They hibernate during winter and spend the spring in the pupal stage. Adults emerge in June.

Many of the larger horse flies in North America are often called greenheads because of their large, bright-green eyes. Deer flies are small species of a genus related to horse flies. They are sometimes called strawberry flies or ear flies. Some deer flies transmit tularemia, anthrax, and other diseases to mammals, including humans.

Scientific classification: Horse flies and deer flies make up the family Tabanidae, of the order Diptera. The greenheads of North America are classified in the genus Tabanus. Deer flies make up the genus Chrysops.

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  1. I am in Alexandria, VA and have never seen such an enormous fly until about 10 days ago, I saw two of them and one started flying around my face. At first, I had thought they were secadas (from a distance) but when I saw it up close it looked like a super mutant horse fly that took a swim in miracle grow or toxic steroids! As I was swinging at it, it went around behind me and landed on my back. I tried to get it off but couldn’t reach. All of the sudden, it felt like someone stabbed me with a small, hot knife! I tried to catch it but it flew away. Since then, I just saw one more today that happened to be riding on my windshield through town! Again, I tried to catch it but it got away. My wife and daughter think I am crazy because I said it was so huge but whatever. They will see one soon I am sure…I just wonder where they really came from and why are they here?? That’s not normal for around here!


    1. There are quite a number of horse flies in Va.! They are more numerous in the country, especially where there are cows and horses, but they can be anywhere. They breed near water and tall grass so those areas always have more of them too. Towards the end of summer many of them reach an enormous size after having fed well all summer long. My horses are always getting bit by them and no fly spray seems to deter them. They are absolutely miserable insects!


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