Wasp-like insect, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Wasp-like insect, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Observation - Wasp-like insect, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Description: I spotted these wasp-like insects frolicking in flowers, bushes and trees in woodlands, Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA. They were shy initially although became aggressive if intruded on. Seen in larger groups flying in and out of grassy mounds. My Ameri

I spotted these wasp-like insects frolicking in flowers, bushes and trees in woodlands, Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA. They were shy initially although became aggressive if intruded on. Seen in larger groups flying in and out of grassy mounds. My American friend called them bees (in particular, honeybees) and suggested US honeybees are different to UK honeybees. I think a case of mistaken identity – but they don't look like European wasps?