Óðins Skegg! It’s Loki!

Tabanus atratus

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In Norse mythology, Loki took the form of a gadfly to hinder Brokkr during the manufacture of Mjölnir.  He probably looked a lot like the fellow below (click for larger view).

black bug featured

Science classifies him as a male Tabanus atratus, a Black Horse Fly, first accurately depicted by Robert Hooke who “marvelled at the eyes of a “drone fly” in his Micrographia (1665)”.

I still think it was Loki.

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