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280 days of Urbpandemonium #133

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Another day another huge scary and of course harmless insect. The patterned wings and large size of the tiger bee fly Xenox tigrinus* suggest perhaps a horse fly. This one has been displaying some aggressive behavior as well--it's lucky it chose the porch of two bug-lovers to defend. Despite everything, these are beneficial insects that lay their eggs in the nests of carpenter bees, which provides their maggots with bee grubs to eat.

* "Alien tiger"

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ellettra
Aug. 4th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I think flies are heinously disgusting, but also super interesting.
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