God's bloody creatures.
So last night a giant bumble bee came into my house looking for somewhere to build a nest under my coffee table. I left the door open so it could get out once it realised that this was a bad idea.
This morning (15 minutes ago) it was lying on its back at the bottom of the stairs. I poked its leg and it started moving and buzzing. So I took a teatowel to pick it up AND THE FUCKING THING STUNG ME!
Yes, bumble bees can sting. Feels like a sharp prick which doesn't otherwise hurt. Then,after 30 seconds it starts to hurt and after about 2 minutes it hurts a lot. Massage the site and after 15 minutes it hurts less and by now (20 mins) it stops hurting.
I would have given it some honey and water if it had been reasonable but I just took a plastic cup and a sheet of cardboard to catch it and then evicted it in the garden.
I hope one of my garden birds gets the sodding ungrateful (and, let's face it, female) bloody insect.