I live in Verona, Italy. Today I found this black insect and I don't know what species it is. My mom claims it's a kind of mint but I don't think so.

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    $\begingroup$ Hello and welcome to Biology.SE! Take the tour to learn about the site and earn your first badge. Also, what do you mean by "mint"? How's that called in Italian? $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2018 at 0:12

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This looks like a horsefly (family Tabanidae, in Italian "tafani"), maybe Tabanus bromius but I'm not sure. If it's so, be careful: they bite and their bite is painful. Here you can find some quick suggestions about horseflies and their bite.

However, as you live in a city, don't worry too much: as the female horseflies feed on horse and cattle blood, they are normally present in the countryside, so those that you saw are exceptions more than the norm!

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    $\begingroup$ The eyes are a bit far apart to be a horsefly; I'm leaning toward Robber Fly (Asilidae) or Stiletto Fly (Therevidae), but can't be sure from the photo (and given how old the question is, I suspect that the model is no longer available for additional photos). $\endgroup$
    – user32396
    Oct 29, 2018 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ It's obviously not a horsefly $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2020 at 18:40

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