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Old 05-15-2020, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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My first thought was Bot Flies as they do hover under and around horses.

But they don’t eat bugs.

They shoot eggs out of their tail shaft to land on the horse’s hair and stick there until the horse tries to lick them off. They loosen with the warm saliva, are then ingested by the horse and that is how horses get bot eggs in their stomachs. They can be a serious issue if the horse is not on a good de-worming schedule.

Here’s a bot fly picture.

horse bot fly - Gasterophilus intestinalis (DeGeer)
Oh my now that is a not-so-nice insect. Fortunately for the horse, that's not what was hovering around him. However, I will keep an eye out for bot flies!
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:23 PM
 
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Oh my now that is a not-so-nice insect. Fortunately for the horse, that's not what was hovering around him. However, I will keep an eye out for bot flies!
I give up, lollol. I hope you can get a good picture as I am really curious
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:53 AM
 
Location: New Brunswick
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This is probably a long shot but could these insects be some sort of species of Cicada?

Cicada's are a large flying insect which gives off a bit of a hummingbird vibe, partly due to the sound they make flying. Even if from what I hear they are clumsy flyers.
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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This is probably a long shot but could these insects be some sort of species of Cicada?

Cicada's are a large flying insect which gives off a bit of a hummingbird vibe, partly due to the sound they make flying. Even if from what I hear they are clumsy flyers.
Probably not. But I am going back to the farm tomorrow morning, with a camera of some sort, to try to photograph these things. You know what curiosity does to a cat :-) I have to know what these fascinating insects are! And will share!
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:44 AM
 
Location: New Brunswick
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Probably not. But I am going back to the farm tomorrow morning, with a camera of some sort, to try to photograph these things. You know what curiosity does to a cat :-) I have to know what these fascinating insects are! And will share!
Good luck on the pictures.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:00 AM
 
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Of course there are those new Killer Hornets in WA State. They prey on honey bees. Hope it isn't them!

I had to do battle with some kind of oversized hornets back in the Northeast many years ago. At first I thought they were queens, but there were several of them all over our cabin, 5 cm long, striped, stingers, nasty. Bug zappers only inconvenienced them slightly. I had to stun them with the zapper and then crush them while they were down. That was unpleasant. But I couldn't let them take over the cabin! It happened two years in a row.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:17 AM
 
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Of course there are those new Killer Hornets in WA State. They prey on honey bees. Hope it isn't them!

I had to do battle with some kind of oversized hornets back in the Northeast many years ago. At first I thought they were queens, but there were several of them all over our cabin, 5 cm long, striped, stingers, nasty. Bug zappers only inconvenienced them slightly. I had to stun them with the zapper and then crush them while they were down. That was unpleasant. But I couldn't let them take over the cabin! It happened two years in a row.
First thing I researched were those giant murder hornets ... phew! Not them!

Wow on those hornets you battled in the Northeast! The only ones we had to clearly wage a battle with in MA were those white-faced hornets, but their size was manageable.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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We have the sphinx moths here in MN. I guess they are members of the hummingbird moth family. But they are cocoa and cream colored here. Their rear section is pointed. I think the species dines on flowers. They are shaggy as though they have feathers.
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I looked up a photo ... wow, sphinx moths are interesting ... their larvae even more so!
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Without a pic, I'd say you're looking at Giant Southern Cooties.
You can thank me later, no charge for that.
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