We have ants of all sizes and abilities to give you a nasty nip; large, small, medium seeming even to nest together – they’re not supposed to do that!
sorry about the quality of the image, but it actually moves very fast and I had great trouble getting any image at all.
My husband saw it first and told me he’d found a giant ant. He sent a photo from his phone to an entomologist friend who said it was a bee and in the insect book he knows we have (thanks Bruno).
It is most similar to a Dasylabris maura, although it seems to be larger than described. The male has wings, we’ve only seen the female which is flightless. It is said to have a nasty sting and is a parasite of sand wasps.
Do you find new (to you) insects in your garden? Have you ever seen one of these?