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mating moths?
i just found these two in a hanging flower basket on my porch in the hudson valley, NY. What are they?
Bennett

Hi Bennett,
Not moths, but mating flies. We contacted Eric Eaton when we couldn’t find your insects on BugGuide. Here is what he has to say: “This is a pair of mating bee flies, Xenox tigrinus. Nice insects, much larger than Eurosta. Xenox are parasites of large carpenter bees. Eric “

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