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some sort of biting fly - Xenox tigrinus

some sort of biting fly - Xenox tigrinus
Ponemah Bog, Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
July 26, 2008
Size: between 1/2 and 3/4 in.
This fly kept hovering around our arms, and it kept trying to land but eventually it stopped to rest on a tree.

Moved
Moved from Flies. I don't think anything else in New England looks similar.

Looks rather like
a Bee Fly of some kind, maybe something in/near Xenox.



As far as I know, they are not biters.

I could be wrong, however, so let's see what others think.

 
Biting
You are correct. They don't (can't) bite. I think they give that impression because of their tendency to land on people. This is a trait of Anthrax (in which these were once placed) as well.
There are reports of Bombyliids in the genus Systoechus biting. I add my report to the batch, having been jabbed near Truckee, CA by one of these.

check Xenox tigrinus

 
Tiger, confirmed.
This is the only Xenox species in the east.

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