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[–] ArmedRevolutionTime 1 points 32 points (+33|-1) ago  (edited ago)

One really has to sit in awe of them though. Tabanidae have been around for about 140 million years. Only the female bite. They use the protein from blood to create eggs. Males drink plant nectar.

I think there is a greater lesson there.

Edit: https://kek.gg/i/4HRNZy.jpg What cuts you is on the right, then they tap the blood with the sponge on the left.

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[–] patriot_biz 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

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[–] Ocelot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

These things are supposedly demonic.

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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Great post.

Interesting how the females of the species could be considered "parasitic" while the males would be... what, herbivores? IIRC most flies are omnivores, but they have "favorites".

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[–] Reverse-Flash 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

The first time I encountered one was as a kid, swimming at night in a pool when my family was vacationing in Arkansas. I saw a huge fly coming towards me right over the top of the water, so I dove under the water and swam to the far side of the pool. When I came up for air my brother was yelling at me, but I couldn't hear what he was saying as the water was running out of my ears... and then I felt it. Fucker bit me on top of my head. My brother said it just followed me as I swam across the pool and when I came up it was right there and I lifted it up.

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Reverse JAWS.

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[–] Reverse-Flash 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good analogy.

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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

They're like fucking heat seeking missiles. When they decide on a target, they're remarkably patient despite their relatively short lifespan.

They usually have more patience than you have breath to try and hide under the water. They'll be there waiting for your juicy skull-blood when you surface.

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[–] antiliberalsociety 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Had the same experience with deer flies, those fuckers circle like air sharks.

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[–] Crow_T_robocop 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Same thing happened to me in the ocean. My friend saw the damn thing following me/hovering over the water waiting for me to surface.

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[–] vonHugenbuben 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Try being on an actual horse when they attack. It is like being in the rodeo.

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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Horses are so fucking strange when it comes to what spooks them. Every horse is different, but anyone who's worked with them probably has a story about this.

I grew up on a farm, had all kinds of animals. And guns. Would shoot skeet and targets all the time, horses never even blinked at the sound of gunfire.

But god help you if a mouse skittered across your path while riding- suddenly the horse is spazzing out like it's on fucking fire. Same thing with these flies- a horse can take your spurs and using the reigns, and calmly obey the commands... but there's something about the PINCH of those fucking flies that just sets them off. People react similarly to horsefly bites, those jaws are the real deal...

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[–] vonHugenbuben 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Every horse my family ever owned was scared of deer. Fucking deer, who are more sissy than horses. But then those same horses would stomp the hell out of a snake without a second thought.

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[–] IsraelFirstGoys 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago  (edited ago)

“But god help you if a mouse skittered across your path while riding”

You want a skittish and aware hourse though don’t you? It also depends on the rider.

You cannot be a little bitch and be in control of your horse. Horses are smart. They respect higher authority.

I have see horses smarter than teen girls. Bucking them off before an event and being an asshole.

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[–] barraccuda 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

HAHAHAHA!!! ONE!
You got owned by one measly horsefly, girl!

Look, dude, I dont know where you are from but in certain parts of australia you have to wear significant protective equipment, a swarm of hundreds of thousands of horseflies will leave every inch of your skin bleeding. The least protective kit you can wear is skins (rock-climbing/mountaineering), a wetsuit is better(kayaking/ white water rafting), These bastards are muslims with wings.

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[–] goblin_ghost 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

That doesn't make us sound weak for not liking horseflies, that just makes you sound stupid for living in Australia.

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[–] barraccuda 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

2 sides of the same coin

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[–] Garbalon 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Australia in one picture https://i.imgur.com/dIjnZ58.jpg

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[–] 24601_JeanValJean 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

signed in just to upvoat this reply! "Muslims with wings"! ROFLMAO!! There is a very good meme in that mental image... My son lived in Victoria for a couple years and woke up one morning with a huntsman on the back of his hand. While he screamed like a girl, he said his Australian native-born (white Aussie thank you very much!) girlfriend and her sister were laughing their butts off!

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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Ever rip one of their wings off and watch the fucker spin around like a top?

Or how about the Beavis and Butthead trick, where you take a gum wrapper, make it into a little cone and stick it inside the fly's bum somehow. Allegedly, this will cause it to fly straight upward- unable to fly in any other direction. So it'll go up, fall down, up, down, until it dies from exhaustion. I've never seen it, it might just be a joke from the show... but I'm sure someone has tried it.

....I feel like I should add a disclaimer that I do NOT support the torturing or unnecessary harm/suffering being inflicted on animals. Insects don't count, I have zero empathy for them.

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[–] antiliberalsociety 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I never kill deer flies, I only ever take a wing and maybe a couple legs then place neatly upon an active ant hill

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[–] Fuster_Cluck 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

I think @needlestack might have finally left us for greener pastures. Not sure where those pastures might be though.

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[–] squarcle 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

In my experience they often circle around a few times, land on the back and bite. Had one bite my ass once right through the jeans.

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[–] littul_kitton 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They can bite through denim?!

Where do I send the nukes?

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[–] Mikel777 [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The one today bit me through a sock

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[–] UlyssesEMcGill 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Deer Flies

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[–] antiliberalsociety 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you. Far worse than horse flies IMO.

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[–] SChalice 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

House Sparrows

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