Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Bellflower, California
Bear, Delaware
Herrin, Illinois
Elkhart, Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
Lexington, Kentucky
Crofton, Maryland
Watertown, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts
Fraser, Michigan
Galien, Michigan
Wayne, Michigan
South River, New Jersey
Liverpool, New York
Pavilion, New York
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Lexington, 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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Members' Notes:


On Jul 17, 2019, DHalterman from Parkville, MD wrote:

This summer (2019) I have been seeing several Tiger Bee Flies hanging around the wooden railing of my back porch in Carney (Baltimore County), Maryland.


On Jul 1, 2019, htran from Lexington, NC wrote:

I also wanted to add to reported locations of the Tiger Bee Fly. I have one on my front porch in Lexington, NC. I thought it was some type of bee but I wasn't sure what so I did a little research and found this website. I'm glad it doesn't sting or bite. It looks like it's thunking it's head against the wood on my porch. So I'll leave it be and let it continue to thunk it's head on the wood. I'm hoping it'll help control the carpenter bees that love drilling holes in my front porch.


On Aug 22, 2015, EChain from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

I saw one on my balcony garden, impressive size!


On Aug 3, 2015, bobarang from Liverpool, NY wrote:

Seen a maybe 7 so far this summer around my back porch in Liverpool NY. They've been hovering around a known carpenter bee den in the railing of my stairs. I wasn't sure what they were until I found your site! Thanks!


On Jul 25, 2015, Opusnbill from Lexington, KY wrote:

I get a lot of carpenter bees each year, but haven't seen these until this year. Lexington, KY.


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.


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.