Article Photos: OU student achieving big success with tiny bugs 5/11

Male striped horsefly. When he first saw one close-up, Shahan wrote on his Flickr page, he was struck by the "beauty of its pale blonde compound eyes accented by the darker bands of color." Male horseflies are harmless, feeding only on nectar and pollen, he wrote. "It's the females that have those wonderfully vicious scissor-like mouthparts that easily rip through human flesh." <strong>Thomas Shahan -</strong>