Location: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
September 28, 2011 1:01 am
I was at Griffith Park in Los Angeles with my son when we spotted this winged insect. In person, the bug looked like a moth with very sharp, jagged wings. In the picture the wings appear much more translucent and less jagged than they did in person. Please help identify.
Signature: Curious Bug Mama
Dear Curious Bug Mama,
At first we thought this might be a Tiger Bee Fly, Xenox tigrinus, but we learned on BugGuide that the Tiger Bee Fly is an eastern species. We believe this is its western relative, Xenox habrosus, which is represented on BugGuide with Los Angeles area postings. Daniel is doing a talk on October 15 at 2 PM at the Lummis Home along the historic Arroyo Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) to benefit the gardens. The talk is on beneficial bugs and is entitled Butterflies, Bees and Things That Go Bump In The Night. Since this talk is about local species, you photo, which is of excellent quality, will probably be included in the powerpoint presentation.