Eyes: Some of the more distinctive deer fly characteristics are their large, often brightly colored eyes 5. You are encouraged to learn more about the biology of horse and deer flies to avoid being bitten and to understand the public health risk posed by these insects. “I have at least 15 to 20 species where I live,” he added. You'll keep the male deer fly company that way. Waiting for my prey. There are many scientific studies of the Deer Fly because of its potentially harmful impact on livestock. Jack Savage. A deer fly is also characterized by its ability to withstand a … July 19, 2014. Horse fly. And the larvae feed on aquatic predators, including mosquito larvae. But nor did I catch any on the sticky tape. Deer (Fly) Season. This family also includes the notorious greenhead flies that have sent families running for home during seaside holidays and the mammoth horse flies that are Willard Pond’s best weapon for keeping number of daily visitors down. When they come out. Another reported remedy is to use a dark blue cup covered in a sticky substance called Tangle-Trap. Their bites are painful, and once they home in on a target, they’re nearly impossible to shake. Though the common names — deer fly, horse fly and moose fly — are sometimes used interchangeably, people generally use the term “deer fly” when describing species in the genus Chrysops, said Howard Russell, entomologist at Michigan State University. Both genuses are in the Tabanidae family. Both types are white, brownish or greenish in color. However, the 2012 deer fly season started 15 days earlier (first sighting was June 1, 2012) than the 2013 season (first sighting was June 16, 2013). My traps can catch those that … Deer Fly Traps: Make inexpensive and effective traps that will attract and kill biting deer flies. He believes one reason is because deer flies and horse flies often aim for people’s heads, where they wiggle under hair to find skin. This dog was smart enough to decline an anti-fly hat. Most have a year-long life cycle but some larger species may take two or three years. The flies are supposed to be attracted to the color, approach the cup, then get caught in the sticky stuff. They are thought to be alerted to our presence by the carbon dioxide we breathe out--and by sight. 3. They are very persistent, and commonly fly around a person’s head until they get an opportunity to bite. So far, he has been fascinated by the variety he’s found. But the deer flies.... ...well, it was inconclusive. Because of that, people have done some funny things to avoid deer fly bites, like making a hat out of duct tape with the adhesive part of the tape facing out to catch the flies. This is due to the fact that the number of deer flies on our property this year is significantly lower than that of any previous deer fly seasons we've ever experienced (this is our 23rd season). A female deer fly can lay a mass of 100 to 1,000 eggs at once. Color: Their bodies are gray or light brown and some species have yellow and black striping. I'm not the only nut in the forest experimenting with blue cups. 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