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Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus)

Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Bombyliidae
Genus: Xenox (ZEE-noks) (Info)
Species: tigrinus


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Bellflower, California
Bear, Delaware
Elkhart, Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
Crofton, Maryland
Watertown, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts
Fraser, Michigan
Galien, Michigan
Wayne, Michigan
South River, New Jersey
Pavilion, New York
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Bowling Green, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Granville, Ohio
Stow, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Prosperity, South Carolina
Chesapeake, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia

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Member Notes:

Positive quietgenie On Jul 12, 2010, quietgenie from Dayton, OH wrote:

The adult Tiger Bee Fly infiltrates the galleries of certain carpenter bees in order to lay its eggs. The Tiger Bee Fly pupae then feed on the carpenter bee pupae and adults.

The Tiger Bee Fly itself is herbivorous, feeding on flower nectar.

Neutral patpmul On Jul 22, 2014, patpmul from Parkersburg, WV wrote:

Just to add to reported locations, have several in my garden here in Parkersburg, WV. I didn't know what it was until I checked here. Looks dangerous which I now know its not and that color/camouflage combination looks futuristically alien.

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