Is it a bee or wasp?

Please id if this is a bee or wasp.  Man finds about one per week inside house. He thought it was a winged ant but it stung him.  Sent them the social wasps and bees publication.  Is it a small carpenter bee?

bee or wasp

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  1. Hi Merry,

    Unfortunately, I can’t tell for sure from the images. There are certain solitary bees and wasps that can look very similar in that size range. If you send the specimen down to me, I’d be able to tell for sure.

    Regardless, for either a bee or a wasp with this general appearance, they’d be harmless, solitary species.

    —PJ

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