Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus)

Order: Diptera
Family: Bombyliidae
Genus: Xenox
Species: tigrinus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Bellflower, California
Glendora, California
Bear, Delaware
Herrin, Illinois
Elkhart, Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Baltimore, Maryland
Crofton, Maryland
Watertown, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts
Fraser, Michigan
Galien, Michigan
Wayne, Michigan
Manahawkin, New Jersey
South River, New Jersey
Liverpool, New York
Pavilion, New York
Rochester, New York
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Lexington, North Carolina
Bowling Green, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Granville, Ohio
Steubenville, Ohio
Stow, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Prosperity, South Carolina
Chesapeake, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
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Members' Notes:

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positives
11
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 22, 2021, Lauren82 from Baltimore, MD wrote:

Well, I feel terrible now. I have never seen one of these before today, I live in Baltimore MD. And I was taking my dog out earlier, and one of these guys kept swarming around & lunging at my head & trying to get in my house!! I kept swatting it away & ran inside, thinking it was a huge horse fly or some mutant kind of bee, both of which I was worried about getting sting or bit. Then I go to use the bathroom a couple hours later & hear a very loud buzzing. My hubby left the window cracked apparently & that sucker got in! Worried about it stinging or biting us or our dog, I got it with a fly swatter. And now I feel just AWFUL!!!!!! I don\'t like killing bugs but this guy looked menacing & I swear it just kept coming after me! I wish I had known they were harmless. If I ever see one again, I... read more

Neutral

On Aug 7, 2020, rbeckster from Allison Park, PA wrote:

I saw a tiger bee fly outside a carpenter bee hole this morning on my porch and was shocked at the size and coloring of it because I haven\'t witnessed one before! At first I thought it was an invasive species, but I\'m happy that it\'s not! Beautiful bug but a creepy larvae! It\'s so interesting to see how they function! Pittsburgh, PA welcomes them now --especially our household with a carpenter bee problem!

Positive

On Aug 3, 2020, AtTheBeach2 from Manahawkin, NJ wrote:

I recently discovered these flies mainly flying around my back deck & shed area. I googled them & was happy I did. Our yard has always had carpenter bees in the fencing & deck & wasps in the shutters. They\'ve been replaced since this new guy moved in. However, I didn\'t know why until I did the research. It all makes sense now.

Positive

On Jul 27, 2020, ToBeFearless from Rochester, NY wrote:

For such a big fly the Tiger Bee Fly has a very cool flight pattern which is what caught my eye, and I thought it was really interesting that they travel in pairs. They landed on my porch this evening and I had to look them up to know whether to avoid them or not. Iím very excited actually to find out that they infiltrate wasps that colonize your house, because I have that problem, And I was so wondering what it was I would do about it!! Iím very impressed that they found me, and seriously hope they are about the task. Iím glad to be their host. So pretty, and cool!! 😎 ~ K

Neutral

On Jul 19, 2020, LynnG13 from Louisville, KY wrote:

We have had several of these in our yard in Louisville, KY. I assume they are hunting the Carpenter Bees we have in our deck. Glad to find out what they are.

Neutral

On Jul 14, 2020, Tango23 from Richmond, VA wrote:

Just saw a pair of these today in my yard near Richmond, Virginia.

Neutral

On Aug 28, 2019, Mimi8813 from Meadville, PA wrote:

I have seen a few in Meadville, PA. Weird looking things.

Neutral

On Aug 28, 2019, Mimi8813 from Meadville, PA wrote:

I have seen a few in Meadville, PA. Weird looking things.

Neutral

On Aug 28, 2019, Mimi8813 from Meadville, PA wrote:

I have seen a few in Meadville, PA. Weird looking things.

Neutral

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.

Neutral

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.

Neutral

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

I saw one on my balcony garden, impressive size!

Neutral

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!

Neutral

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.

Neutral

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.

Positive

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.

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