Definition of horsefly in English:

horsefly

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːsflʌɪ
 
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noun (plural horseflies)

A stoutly built fly, the female of which is a bloodsucker and inflicts painful bites on horses, humans, and other large mammals.
  • Family Tabanidae: numerous species, in particular the common European Haematopota pluvialis
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  • A bite from a horsefly can be very painful, can take a long time to heal and can lead to an infection.
  • Try to avoid camping near water, such as ponds and swamps where insects such as mosquitoes and horseflies are commonly found.
  • The horsefly's larva spirals up and down through soft mud, creating a cylindrical column in which it pupates.

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