Females feed on the blood of large mammals, especially domestic animals such as horses, pigs and cattle. 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
Southern Mexico to northern Brazil; Trinidad.
Conservation Area Distribution
Amistad CaribeAmistad PacificoHuetar NorteArenalCordillera Volcanica CentralGuanacasteOsaPacifico CentralTempisqueTortuguero
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 with distinct dark spots on all crossveins and at the tips of the longitudinal veins; all tibiae black haired apically.
Author: John Burger
Contributors: Manuel A. Zumbado, Cristian Granados, Elvia Zumbado
Taxon record ID: 4513
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).