July 24, 2009
Very Large fly (with photo this time) Inbox X
I have been unsuccessful for several days to submit this query through the web site. It says that my file won’t upload so I decided to try submitting directly to your e-mail address that I got when you answered one of my other submissions.
This is a very large fly that I found resting on the chains of my disc golf target here at my home in Charlotte, NC. We have a large wooded area with several creeks behind our house with lots of deer. I looked through the flies section on WTB as well as BugGuide and had no luck. I used the macro function on my new camera to great success.
Brian R. Lucas
p.s. I got so excited to submit that I forgot to attach the photo!
Thanks for writing back with the image. This is a Tiger Bee Fly, Xenox tigrinus. According to BugGuide: “Larva is a parasite of Carpenter Bees Xylocopa.”