Dark-red body; yellow pattern on the abdomen and face; two large compound eyes on the sides of the head; three small ocelli on the forehead that form a triangle (see Eyes and Ocelli).
Active during the day. Lives in social colonies of one queen and multiple females. Males hatch in autumn and fertilize the reproductive females. Only females survive the winter to form new colonies the following spring.
Adults feed on nectar and fruit. Larvae feed on insects such as bees.
Nests in cavities and abandoned burrows close to water sources such as the river valleys of western Jordan, including Wadi al-Seer.