Subject: unknown flying insect
Location: northern Illinois
August 24, 2013 2:03 pm
While lounging in my backyard in Lake County Illinois, this insect flew around me several times before perching on the canopy of my lawn chair. It was very loud while in flight. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Gardening Goddess
Hi Gardening Goddess,
This harmless insect is a Tiger Bee Fly, Xenox tigrinus. According to BugGuide: “Female lays eggs at entrance of carpenter bee nests. Larvae waits until carpenter bee’s larvae reach the pupal stage to parasitize it Urban Wildlife.“
Thank you soooo much for getting back to me. As an organic gardener I come across an amazing range of insects. Now I know not to fear this guy!