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Jul 24, 2013 11:40 PM

Can someone help identify this "bee" type thing?

I saw this on Sunday 21st July 2013 on my compost bin, it was at least 2 inches long, the metal grill you see it on has squares which are 1 inch by 1 inch and diagonally covers 2, It had 4 wings, antennae which seemed elbow type jointed. It was also partially furry/hairy  It was very hot on the day I saw it and it seemed very docile, almost like it could not fly properly. 

I add that I am not frightened at all of bees, wasps etc, but this was huge and I have never seen anything like it before.  I have researched via the NHM, the internet and another forum to no avail, I have ruled out hornet (body is not the correct shape), wasp (not the correct shape).

I am wondering whether it is a bug on holiday from abroad.

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