This family includes about 3,500 species worldwide. They are so called because of their cloth-like wing cases, which in some species are red and reminiscent of military uniforms. They have soft, flat bodies. They can be distinguished from blister beetles by their rounder heads, covered necks, and a diet that does not include leaves.
Hunts for insects on the top of flowers. Females lay eggs in the soil.
Adults and larvae feed on insect eggs and soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars. Adults also feed on nectar and pollen.
Fields and urban gardens in western Jordan, including Amman.