Well, I wasn't disappointed.
I stumbled across this bee/wasp. I realise it's got wasp colouration, but it didn't have wasp mannerisms - at least not of the type I am used too. And these ladies were BIG!. Around 25-35mm in length would be my guess. I understand that this may seem small - but remember size is relative, much like time.
Especially when you consider that the average 'German' wasp, [Vespula germanica] at only around 13mm T.L, manages to create panic at picnics and outdoor gatherings the world over ... now picture some wasps almost four times their size slipping in to share a pint and burnt sausage ... you get my point.
Anyway, it gets weirder, at least in my head [where everything gets weirder I'm afraid]. I started to question if these insects were bees or wasps at all. But perhaps fly's, mimicking their more tooled up cousins ... They were definitely after nectar, and as you can see in the pics the wings fold over the top of the abdomen, but not neatly. What you can't see is the lack of mandibles ... at least that's my memory - and I could have this completely wrong.
So you know, if it's got contrasting stripes or is the colour of Charlie Sheen's vomit ... don't touch.
Like the Weevil [and countless other beasties I find], I'll let you know what it is when I do ...
Till then, take care :)
If you haven't read the comments, please do - it'll save me cutting and pasting lol - the whole point of this blog is to share and garner knowledge - reduce 'hysteria' and instil wonder - even if just a little. I truly am grateful to those who do so, so freely through their comments on this blog and their posts on their own ... it's awesome.