Geographic location of the bug: Sw washington
Time: 01:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What the heck is this?
How you want your letter signed: Rochelle
This is not a Bee, but your mistake is understandable. This is actually a Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae, and many members of the family are very effective Wasp mimics. We believe this might be an American Hornet Moth which is pictured on BugGuide, and the long ovipositor indicates this is a female.