Entomology (Study of Bugs)/wasp or bee?

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flying wasp?
flying wasp?  
This "wasp" is almost 2 inches long and has been perching on the same leaf on the same branch of an azalea bush daily for the past 6 days.    He disappears at night, but seems to be guarding something, as if you approach, he flies around the area...but not especially aggressive.  Solitary.   wings are always out, not tucked, when perched.   

Do you know what he is?

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Hi Carla
This is a solitary wasp. It is a female Cicada Killer  in search of prey. They are not aggressive. Have you had some cicadas hatch there lately. Once she capture he prey she will bury it in the ground with an egg. The larva will feed on it and later emerge

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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