Scaptia lata

Scaptia lata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tabanidae
Genus: Scaptia
Species: S. lata
Binomial name
Scaptia lata
(Guérin-Méneville, 1835)
Synonyms

Tabanus lata Guérin-Méneville, 1835

Scaptia lata, coliguacho or tabano negro is a large horse fly whose range includes southern Chile and southern Argentina.[1][2] The fly has a striking reddish-orange coloration on the side of its thorax and abdomen.

Like most species of horse flies, the females of Scaptia lata need to feed on mammalian blood before they can produce eggs.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Horse Fly from Patagonia". Whats that bug. 3rd January 2009. http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/01/03/horse-fly-from-patagonia/. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tábano - Coliguacho (Colihuacho)". Pucón Chile. http://www.pucononline.cl/articulo.php?p_id=108. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  3. ^ González, C. R.; Sanhueza, Y. (2004). "Comparative study of mouthparts of the female of three species of Scaptia (Scaptia) Walker from Chile (Diptera: Tabanidae)." (PDF Adobe Acrobat). Acta Entomologica Chilena (Instituto de Entomología) 28 (1).