Common European Cleg (Gadfly)

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The common European Cleg is a large, black/blue-black blood-sucking ‘horsefly’ of the family Tabanidae. It is commonly referred to as a Gadfly in the United States. They are powerful flyers, and the females are furnished with a lancet-like proboscis which can pierce the thickest skin.


John H. Finley ed. Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia (vol. 5) (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917)


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