Seen twice today on the same flowers, this huge blue-black insect finally settled for its portrait.
Can’t get it to species (though working on it) but it was between two and three centimetres in length. Very similar to the relatively common Blue Mud-wasps we get aorund the pond gathering, yes, mud but more than twice the size. Very, very thin “waist” puts it, I think, into the Specidae family of thread-waisted wasps who collect caterpillers etc, paralyse them then lay their eggs inside the still alive body to develop. lovely. The host nurse is sealed into a mud or ground nest.
Beautifully glossy in the afternoon sun.