Tabanus sudeticus
Tabanus sudeticus02.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tabanidae
Genus: Tabanus
T. sudeticus
Binomial name
Tabanus sudeticus
Zeller, 1842

Tabanus sudeticus, also known as the dark giant horsefly, is a species of biting horse-fly.[1] It is the heaviest fly in Europe.[2]

Female T. sudeticus
Female T. sudeticus

It is found in many countries of western Europe and has a marked northern and western distribution; being found as far north as southern Norway and the Western Isles of Scotland, and with an occasional record from Belarus[3]


  1. ^ Stubbs, A. & Drake, M. (2001). British Soldierflies and Their Allies: A Field Guide to the Larger British Brachycera. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 512 pp. ISBN 1-899935-04-5.
  2. ^ "Check out this massive fly". Naturenet. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Dark Giant Horse Fly Tabanus sudeticus". iNaturalist. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
Female; Detail of head
Female; Detail of head