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The gadflies and horseflies; a genus of biting flies, some species of which transmit surra, infectious equine anemia, anthrax, and other diseases.
[L. a gadfly]



horse fly

Any of numerous large biting tabanid flies, the females of which feed on the blood of various mammals.
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Fortunately, she does not mention gadflies, horseflies, and barflies.
But with the support of fine-looking filly Sandy and the helpful hungry horseflies Buzz and Scuzz, along with the rest of his farmyard friends, Stripes overcomes his fears - but will he earn his Racing Stripes?
In the end, though, Channing gets a chance to ride Stripes in the Kentucky Open--with a little help from Tucker and a couple of smart-alecky horseflies named Buzz (Steve Harvey) and Scuzz (David Spade).
It meant that since the harshness of the land and the climate was a big part of the stow, it was inevitable it would be part of the shoot; including the gigantic horseflies, called "bulldogs," and the infamous northern mosquitoes.
Many insects, including mosquitoes, ticks and horseflies, feed on the blood of mammals, birds and reptiles.
The offspring of those rude horseflies, for instance, have an amazing capacity to heal human tissue.
It also comes in handy around most estuary environments, where mosquitoes and horseflies thrive.
This is one of those documentaries that isn't really about anything in particular; the cameras simply spend a year flitting like horseflies around 68-year-old Irie Bowling and her family - her husband, Bass, their 13 kids, 30 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Divergence in spur length between populations in the southern mountains and nearby sandplain is consistent with a shift from short-tongued horseflies to long-tongued nemestrinid flies.
Deer flies, horseflies, blackflies, and biting midges are also vicious biters and sometimes transmit disease.
The Horseflies combined reggae, minimalism, country and rock for The Gray Nineties, a grim reminder of how we've mortgaged our future financially, environmentally, morally.
Avoid camping near water as mosquitoes and horseflies are commonly found there.