Put your hands together for reader Dom, who sacrificed his very blood so that readers could learn some natural history. His words:
One Saturday a few weeks ago in Norfolk I gave blood so that WEIT readers could see a cleg [JAC: “cleg” is British argot for “horsefly”]! Haematopota pluvialis – I love green eyes – isn’t she beautiful (yes, a female) ?!
These bloodsuckers are expert at landing on you so you cannot feel them. You are most likely to get them near livestock, but this one found me while I was photographing ringlet butterflies…
When I asked Dom whether the bite itself was painless, he answered, “Yes – painless. They are very good at doing it so you do not notice – you get a bump & itching afterwards – in my case it took 24 hours to appear. It is not easy using the camera with one hand!”
Here’s a photo of horsefly eyes that Dom found on WildGuideUK. The fly above is in the left column, second row: