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Chrysops callidus

Common Name: Deer Fly
Chrysops callidus
Chrysops callidus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tabanidae
Genus: Chrysops
Species: Chrysops callidus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The deer fly is 1/2" long, black with golden stripes, and has black patches on its wings. They have large eyes patterned with gold or green, and has spike-like antennae.

Habitat & Range

These flies live in forests and fields near water. Their range reaches from the Eastern US and into the central US.


Females will feed on animal blood, males on nectar.

Life Cycle

Featured image by Bruce Marlin.


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