Alas, I don’t have a picture, but I saw this crazy-looking bee in the garden this afternoon. I looked for a picture on the web and couldn’t find one that approximated it, even.
It was big (maybe 1 inch long in total) with a very shiny ‘backside’ in a black-and-yellow stripe pattern. The most remarkable thing was its wings: they were brown in colour and huge, by far the biggest wings I’ve even seen on a bee. They looked like they belonged to a totally different insect, a moth or flying beetle or something.
Now, I know nothing really about bee-species, so maybe this is a normal variation, but I thought I would ask here…