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Philipomyia aprica

Philipomyia aprica is a species of 'horse fly' belonging to the family Tabanidae subfamily Tabaninae.

This 'horse fly' is present in most of Europe and in the Near East.

The adult females grow up to 18 millimetres (0.71 in) long, These common horse flies can be encountered in Summer in high mountain during the daylight hours, when they mainly feed on nectar of flowers (especially of Apiaceae species).

Philipomyia aprica, female, close-up on eyes

Their large compound eyes are bright green, without hairs and ocular bands. The terminal of antennae is brownish-black. The thorax is dark-brown and quite hairy. The abdomen has clearer bands at the end of each black segment. Wings and legs are yellowish-brown.

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