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Tiger Bee Fly

Xenox tigrinus


Bee flies are a parasitic insect of the family Bombyliidae. Females seek unprotected nests containing large carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.) larvae. If successful, the female tiger bee fly lay hers eggs in the nest, and her larvae feed on the carpenter bee larvae.


This one was at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This is not captive but was flying around the petting zoo.

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W1ldl1f3 1
W1ldl1f3 1 7 years ago

Freaks me out.

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Aug 11, 2013
Submitted on Aug 21, 2013

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