Bee flies are generally characterized by round, hairy bodies that resemble bumble bees; long proboscises; long legs; wings outstretched in a V shape at rest.
Hovers above flowers and uses its long proboscis to feed on nectar. Darts off when approached. Seeks warmth by flying over or landing on hot surfaces. Females deposit eggs near colonies of host insects for the larvae to feed on.
Adults are flower pollinators that feed on nectar and pollen. Larvae are parasites that feed on the eggs and larvae of other insects. Both the adults and larvae are beneficial to agriculture.
Common in Jordan, particularly in semi-arid regions.