Deerfly

Deerfly

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Credit: EDWARD KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The head of a biting deerfly (Chrysops vittatus). Deer flies are blood feeders. They land on a host animal and lacerate the skin with saw-like mouth parts. This causes a pool of blood to form that the fly laps up. Only females feed on blood.

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