Deer Fly  
I try to photograph creatures without disturbing them so you can see where they live, and what they do there. I've even gotten a few shots of these biting Deer Flies resting on various plants. I left them in place after I took their picture. This one though, this one did what biting flies do - it bit me - so I smacked it. They hurt when they bite, so I have no intention of taking a 'bug biting me' picture the way I did with mosquitoes.
Biting Deer Fly pinched by its wing wiggling between my fingertips just after it bit me
These biting flies are not nearly as big as Horseflies, but they still pack quite an ouch when they bite. The deerfly I'm holding was still wiggling. It was difficult to restrain myself from squashing it dead when it bit me.
Biting Deer Fly hanging upside-down on an Australian Pine
Biting Deer Fly pinched by its wing wiggling between my fingertips just after it attacked me
The deerfly above is snoozing on an Australian Pine needle, and the rest of these flies are on Beautyberry bushes.
Brown biting Deer Fly resting on a fuzzy Beautyberry bush branch
I have noticed that they tend to rest head down. I got brave and tipped the branch sideways for this last shot.
Brown biting Deer Fly with three stripes napping under a Beautyberry leaf
I think they'll land on any plant to rest; these just happened to be the plants I noticed them on and managed to sneak up for a picture before I scared them off. Wow - who scared whom?
Brown biting Deer Fly resting on a fuzzy Beautyberry bush branch
Deerfly perched under a Beautyberry leaf
I usually look forward to more encounters with my bugs, but this Deer Fly is an exception. Deer Flies bite. The bite hurts, swells, and itches, so I don't stick around to get many pictures when I find these biting flies, and I don't particularly want to ever see another one.
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