Thanks for replying to my post...my eyes nearly bugged out...LOL...when I read your story!!!
About two months ago I was sitting on my balcony having my morning cup of coffee and I ran in the house to answer the phone, leaving my coffee behind. When I returned to the balcony a little while later I discoverd a large bee bobbing in my coffee and it, too, appeared to be very dead! I brought it in the house, inspected it to make sure there was no sign of life (nope...limp and lifeless!), rinsed off the coffee that had throughly drenched it (it wasn't just floating on the top...it was partially submerged!), put it on a paper towel and placed it in my bedroom to dry out so that I could later add it to my collection.
Several hours later I returned to my room and heard a faint buzzing saw that something was hitting up against the window from the inside. Yep!...you guessed it!!! My bee had come back to life (no more bee on the paper towel!)...so I escorted it out the window to fly away free!!!
That's amazing that you had such a similar experience!!! It's also very interesting because beetles (scarabs) and bees carry considerable symbolism in several spirtual traditions! Hmmm...I'm going to have to pull out some of my symbol books and check this out further.