Random Insect: Tiger bee fly

Tiger bee fly photographed 07/29/2016 near Palmyra, Michigan.

Tiger bee fly photographed 07/29/2016 near Palmyra, Michigan.

This summer I have been noticing quite a few of these distinct large flies hanging out around my house in southeast Michigan. At first glance I thought they were in the horse fly family (Tabanidae) but they are actually in the bee fly family (Bombyliidae).  Specifically they are tiger bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae: Xenox tigrinus).

These flies are parasitoids of large carpenter bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Xylocopa spp.). Their relatively sudden abundance in my neighborhood may suggest a local infestation of carpenter bees.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Random Insect: Tiger bee fly

  1. Helen says:

    The picture of the tiger bee fly, is wonderful. When I first looked at it, I thought “steampunk tiger bee fly!” Almost looks like part of it is made of metal, maybe it is the way the light is shinning on it. Great photograph.

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