We were working on the deck at the deluxe shed last weekend and we heard this incredible sound. Circling about overhead was this oddly shaped black flying machine. It wasn’t a black helicopter so I began to wonder if my tinfoil hat was screwed on a little too tight. The black flying machine continued to circle though and finally came into my field on approach! Honest to goodness, the new technology is amazing! This new stealth fighter landed on one of the boards for the deck on which I was working!
We moved over slowly to where it had landed, not knowing if we should be honored or afraid. I pulled out my camera figuring it would be the moment of truth…either the flying machine would remain still and let me take a pic or I would feel its sting. I felt bold and alive and the tingles of adrenaline poured over my body!
I looked back at Abigail who had first spotted this stealth fighter and she said, “Dad, you’re an idiot…it’s a fly. Take a picture before it flies off!” Parenting is so humbling! I think this baby is a horse fly (Tabanus atratus) but I don’t think I have ever seen a solid black one or one of this size! He was a beauty and he posed very well for a pic…no bites at all!
4 thoughts on “The new American stealth fighter”
Yup, looks like you and I share the same website for bug IDing (is that a word?)
One day, Abigail will appreciate the ‘idiot’ in you, I promise. 🙂
How interesting….not really. I have to admit he is a big one.
I share your tastes in photography and think the fly is pretty darn cool looking. I’ve heard there are vast amounts of research being done on mimicking bugs in our military arsenal. Not sure the horsefly is one of them but judging from your picture… it should be!
Looks like it’s time for you to invest in a “BUG-A-SALT” gun. Google it. I think you may be impressed.
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