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Species Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family Bombyliidae (Bee Flies)
Subfamily Anthracinae
Tribe Anthracini
Genus Xenox
Species tigrinus (Tiger Bee Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xenox tigrinus (De Geer). Synonyms:
Nemotelus tigrinus De Geer, 1776
Anthrax scripta
Anthrax tigrinus/Anthrax tigrina
Anthrax simson (in part?)
Explanation of Names
Species name tigrinus no doubt refers to the wing pattern.
One of 4 species in this genus north of Mexico
12-19 mm (References list length as 12-15 mm. An individual measured (alive) in North Carolina was 19 mm.)
A large Bee Fly with a distinctive wing pattern. Note the large, wrap-around eyes.
TX-FL-ME-IA / adj. Can (BG data)
Open areas, meadows?
June-Sept (BG data)
Larva is a parasitoid of Carpenter Bees, Xylocopa.
Adult food unknown. An adult has been observed on damp mud, lapping up fluids (pers. observation, P. Coin).
Life Cycle
Female lays eggs at entrance of carpenter bee nests. Larvae waits until carpenter bee's larvae reach the pupal stage to parasitize it Urban Wildlife
Print References
Arnett, p. 880 (1)
Borror and White, pp. 278-279, pl. 13 (2)
Brimley, p. 341, apparently listed as Anthrax simson (3)
Milne, pp. 662-663 (4)
Swan and Papp, p. 613, fig. 1310 (5)
Internet References Oviposition on Xylocopidae
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
4.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.
5.The Common Insects of North America
Lester A. Swan, Charles S. Papp. 1972. Harper & Row.