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Species Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly

Maybe it wants to mate with its shadow - Xenox tigrinus Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus) - Xenox tigrinus Tiger Bee Fly - Xenox tigrinus Flies Mating - Xenox tigrinus - male - female Large Fly - Xenox tigrinus Fly on Celosia - Xenox tigrinus Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly - Xenox tigrinus bee fly - Xenox tigrinus - male - female
Classification
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
Size
12-19 mm
Identification
wing pattern distinctive
Range
ON & e. US (ME-FL to IA-KS-TX)(1)(BG data)
Food
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
(2)(3)
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.