Friday, July 3, 2009
Horse-flies love horses, but horses hate them! Adult horse flies feed on nectar and sometimes pollen. Females require a blood meal for reproduction. They have mandibles like tiny serrated scimitars, which they use to rip and/or slice flesh apart. This causes the blood to seep out as the horsefly licks it up. Therefore we keep our horse inside during the day and outside at night - it saves him from being the horse-flies walking blood-bank.