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Old 08-23-2007, 02:06 PM
 
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Are those horseflies? I mean the flies that are the size of a mouse. I have never seen anything like those, not even in FL where the bugs are prehistoric.

One flew in my apartment and landed in my coffee filters. It was quite a scene removing it and involved a broom, plates, salad bowls, and a large plastic bag. It's now living on my terrace.
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:37 PM
 
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If you are talking about flies about the size of the top of your thumb, then yes is is probably a horsefly. They can bite and their bites itch!
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Are they horseflies or those flies that sort of look like dragon flies? I've been seeing a bunch of those lately.
Horseflies are MEAN and they bite! my husband had a knot on his leg the size of a tennis ball from a horsefly bite!
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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I can assure you we have them here in FL too! Ive seen about 4 of them since i moved here 2 1/2 years ago.. funny thing, my wife was just telling me a story about one that she saw on a glass door, she screamed it was so big
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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They look like mutant killer black flies - with a white belly - bugs rarely make me scream but that thing flew at me.
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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Flies the size of mice. This is one of those 'limit growth' threads.

I have seen a horsefly or two. They do not seem to chase a person down in the way wasps do so no bite as yet. Lucky for me because I am hyper-sensitive to bites/stings.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:25 PM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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Scorp,


Horsefly....

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/jeannie216/bighorsefly.jpg (broken link)

Dragonfly....

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/jeannie216/dsc_4954.jpg (broken link)

Do they look like either of these?
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:20 PM
 
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Like the horsefly, but it was much bigger than that one. It was the size of my thumb!!! I've seen the big dragonflies too.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Hmmm. seriously cannot think of anything like the horsefly but bigger. I'd probably scream too. Was it a cicada? here's a link to a pic:


Cicada - Tibicen pruinosa - BugGuide.Net
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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CICADA!

Except I could swear it had the head of a fly.

I think if I had let it remain in my apartment, it would have turned into Jeff Goldblum.

Hey, I like Jeff Goldblum!

Aha, here it is - mystery solved - Thanks!:

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