Ed. Note:  August 9, 2011
We just posted a photo of a Progressive Bee Fly and we realized that though we have received numerous requests this year, we have not posted any new photos of Tiger Bee Flies,
Xenox tigrinus.  For various reasons, including poor image quality, or not enough time, those requests just got brief responses.  We went through our old emails to try to locate a more recent image of a Tiger Bee Fly, and we found this example of Unnecessary Carnage.  We hope our brief response has made Brian realize that he should allow these harmless pollinating insects to share his yard.  According to BugGuide:  “Larva is a parasitoid of Carpenter Bees, Xylocopa.”

Unknown bug
Location: New Jersey
July 20, 2011 10:01 am
What kind of bug is this please help I have tons of them in my backyard. It’s summertime
Signature: Brian McGinness

Tiger Bee Fly

Harmless Tiger Bee Fly.

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Location: New Jersey

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