I had to come back to this thread. MANY, MANY years ago, my brother brought his step-daughter over to teach her to shoot. Miss Penny & I were there,, as I was providing several handguns for the girl to try. Well, we had plenty of carpenter bees buzzing around, and I was grousing about them. I made a few off-hand comments about shooting them. After my brother & the girl left,, Miss Penny & I were plinking some,,, and a bee hovered about 10-12 ft away. I had a 3-screw FT .357 with target loads, and snapped off a hip shot at it. It vaporized. Miss Penny was a witness. I busted a gut laughing. Couldn't hit a bull in the butt after that. Just too funny.
Well, this past Saturday, I was teaching a shooting clinic. We had a few carpenter bees, around. I had a few Ruger MK semi's out on the table. My MKII Comp Target model is a daily companion in my truck & has seen 10's of thousands of rounds through it. A favorite for sure. Well, this one carpenter bee was hovering out in front of the target, about 15 ft away. I grabbed my MKII loaded it, & popped a round, missing the bee. Then, round (2) clipped it to where it fell to the ground & I went out & stomped it. To say my students were "impressed" is an understatement. When Penny came over,, they told her about it, and she said; "What,, AGAIN?" At least this time I was aiming,,,!
A second bee came around later & I missed it 3 times before it decided to leave.