A fly that mimics a bee or wasp. Approximately 12 to 15 mm in length. The thorax has bold black and white lengthwise stripes. The abdomen has transverse black bands with semi-elliptical yellow markings. The eyes are dark red and not touching in the middle. The antennae are short and yellow-orange. The legs are mostly yellow with dark brown marks. The wings are clear with light brown veins.
Often found or near goldenrod plants.