Females feed on the blood of large mammals, especially domestic animals such as horses, cattle and pigs. It does not seem to feed on humans.
This species is nocturnal.
Immature stages have been collected in decaying leaves in small pools of water in a nearly dried up stream bed.
Habitat and Distribution
Distribution outside Costa Rica
Mexico to Peru and Brazil (Sao Paulo).
Conservation Area Distribution
Amistad CaribeAmistad PacificoCordillera Volcanica CentralGuanacasteOsaPacifico CentralTortuguero
Hind tibiae without apical spurs; basicosta without strong setae; third antennal segment with at most an acute dorsobasal angle; tibiae not or only slightly inflated; frontal callus absent; uniformly pale pilose insects with greenish integument and unbanded eyes; labella sclerotized; wings without spots, glass-clear, only the costal cell yellowish; tibiae wholly pale haired.
Author: John Burger
Contributors: Manuel A. Zumbado, Cristian Granados, Elvia Zumbado
Taxon record ID: 4512
Date last modified: 4/4/2011
Date created: 9/6/2000
Date Issued: 11/14/2002
Fairchild, G.B. 1986. The Tabanidae of Panama. Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 22(3): 1-139 (adults).
Goodwin, James T. and Wallace P. Murdoch. 1974. A study of some immature Neotropical Tabanidae (Diptera). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 67: 85-133 (immature stages).