Large wasp with black body, orange head, an orange spot on the thorax, and four yellow spots on the abdomen. The wings are reddish with a blue gloss. Females are larger than males.
Solitary; slow; stings if handled. Females dig into the soil in search of a beetle larva (mainly large beetles in the Scarabaeidae family) and then paralyze and lay an egg in it. After hatching, the wasp larva feeds on the paralyzed grub and then pupates next to it.
Adults feed on nectar. Larvae feed on grubs.
Fields near water in western Jordan, including Wadi Finan.