Horse fly, SEM

Horse fly, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Horse fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a horse fly (Tabanus sp.). Its large compound eyes (pink) are clearly seen here. The male horse fly feeds on nectar, but the female feeds on blood, inflicting a painful bite on horses, humans and other large mammals. Magnification: x30 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, antenna, antennae, blood sucker, blood-sucking, coloured, compound, eye, eyes, fly, head, horse, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leg, legs, nature, parasite, parasitic, scanning electron micrograph, sem, tabanus sp., wildlife, zoology

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