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Species Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly

Found on windowsill beside garden in southern New Jersey. - Xenox tigrinus Unidentified moth or fly - Xenox tigrinus ID Request - Xenox tigrinus Interesting fly - Xenox tigrinus Flying insect - Xenox tigrinus Tiger Bee Fly - Xenox tigrinus Tiger Bee Fly - Xenox tigrinus Some Kind of Fly - Xenox tigrinus
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.