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Species Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly

Is this a Tachinid Fly? - Xenox tigrinus Fly - Xenox tigrinus What is this? - Xenox tigrinus Bumblebee Mimic? - Xenox tigrinus Fancy Fly - Xenox tigrinus Huge Fly/ Bee (?)  Appears to have an armoured body!! - Xenox tigrinus Giant Fly - Xenox tigrinus large black fly with white abdomenal marks - Xenox tigrinus
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)
Explanation of Names
Xenox tigrinus (De Geer 1776)
Species name refers to the wing pattern
12-19 mm
wing pattern distinctive
ON & e. US (ME-FL to IA-KS-TX)(1)(BG data)
Larva is a parasitoid of Carpenter Bees, Xylocopa.
Adult food unknown. An adult has been observed on damp mud, lapping up fluids (P. Coin, pers. observation).
Print References
Works Cited
1.Evenhuis N.L., Greathead D.J. (2015) World catalog of bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae) web site
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.