Ok it has been years since I got stung by a Bee. Sat at the farm lookin for parts got stung by a small yellow jacket. Nothing really. Sun at the lake I was raking a bunch of leaves an got stung by one of them . Had a nest in the ground. Hurt like hell for hours. Today back home mowing the lawn an all of a sudden these big things wanted me to go away. Again a nest in the ground. They were about 2"s long an the wings were an inch long. Black body with white stripes. What the hell are they ? Northern Ma. Here are a few pics but they don't look as big because I hit em with brake clean. Took a LOT to kill em. If I dazed one another would come an scoop him up an fly away. Soooo what do ya think !!