Deer and Horse Flies

Deer and Horse Flies

These are located primarily in suburban and rural areas where their breeding sites of in or near bodies of water and where mammal hosts are more abundant.

  • Common Name: Deer and Horse Flies
  • Scentific Name: mostly Chrysops spp. and Tabanus spp.
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Diptera/Tabanidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Adults medium to large, about 1/4 to 1-1/18" long.

  • Color


    Black or brownish, usually with dark areas on wings. Eyes usually with spots.

  • Biology


    Eggs are laid in masses of 100-1,000 on leaves, rocks or debris overhanging water or on moist areas.

  • Habit


    Most are woodland or forest dwellers.

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