Bolbodimyia erythrocephala


Conservation Status

No information

No information

Natural History


This species has been collected feeding on horses in Panama.


This species is probably crepuscular or noctural, which may account for its rarity in collections.

Life cycle

Immature stages of Costa Rican species are unknown, but immature stages of other species in the genus have been collected in aquatic mosses along streams and waterfalls and in moist woodland soil not near water in mosses and liverworts.

Habitat and Distribution


Found in heavy montane forests with high rainfall at 700-1800 mts.

Distribution outside Costa Rica

Panama; Colombia.

Conservation Area Distribution

ArenalCordillera Volcanica CentralGuanacasteOsa

Type Locality


Demography and conservation

Threat status

This species does not seem to be particularly common anywhere, but is the most commonly collected species in Costa Rica.


Scientific description

Hind tibiae without apical spurs; basicosta without strong setae; third antennal segment with at most an acute dorsobasal angle; subcallus and usually the first antennal segment greatly inflated and shiny; third antennal segment very long and slender, with an obtuse dorsal angle; wings black or partly so, the extreme apex always sharply hyaline, vein R4 bent sharply forward; wing and dorsal surface of the body intensely black; front, subcallus and frontoclypeus wholly orange; first antennal segment orange, only slightly inflated; mid and hind tarsi basally white.


  • Kingdom: animalia
  • Phylum: arthropoda
  • Class: insecta
  • Order: diptera
  • Family: tabanidae
  • Genus: bolbodimyia

General Data

Language: Ingl├ęs

Author: John Burger

Contributors: Manuel A. Zumbado, Cristian Granados, Elvia Zumbado

Taxon record ID: 4502

Date last modified: 4/4/2011

Date created: 9/5/2000

Date Issued: 11/8/2002


Fairchild, G.B. 1986. The Tabanidae of Panama. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 22(3): 1-139.