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Chrysops viduatus

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Chrysops viduatus
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Chrysops viduatus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tabanidae
Subfamily: Chrysopsinae
Tribe: Chrysopsini
Genus: Chrysops
C. viduatus
Binomial name
Chrysops viduatus
(Fabricius, 1794)[1]

Chrysops viduatus is a species of 'horse flies' belonging to the family Tabanidae.[3]

It is a Palearctic species with a limited distribution in Europe [4]


The middle tibiae of C. viduatus are distinctly yellow-brown. The second abdominal segment is yellow with a well-defined quadrate black spot.


Chrysops viduatus occurs in wet meadows, mires, fens and wet woodlands. The larvae feed on organic matter in wet peaty detritus. Adults feed on large mammals including cattle, horses and deer.

Source: "Chrysops viduatus", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th),

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  1. ^ Fabricius, J.C. (1794). Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta. Vol. 4. Hafniae [=Copenhagen]: C. G. Proft. pp. [6] + 472 + [5] pp.
  2. ^ a b Meigen, J.W. (1820). Systematische Beschreibung der bekannten europäische n zweiflugeligen Insekten. Aachen: Zweiter Theil. Forstmann. pp. xxxvi + 363. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  3. ^ Moucha, J. (1976). "Horse-flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) of the World. Synoptic Catalogue" (PDF). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae Supplements. 7: 1–320. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  4. ^ Fauna Europaea
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