LBJ National Grasslands, NorthCentral Texas, 33° 18.468′ N, 97° 36.580′ W
It was photographed early in the morning on a cold day. Most of the insects had not started moving yet. I have photographed Solitary Bees early in the morning on flowers, in the sleeping position, usually head down, with their mandibles locked on a stem.
The ID is based on the silver thorax markings and the rust abdomen bands.
The speciman photo was compared to the specimens at “Insects of Cedar Creek”, BugGuide.net, and “Sphecid Wasps of Michigan”.
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This wasp provisions its nest (Usually vertical or oblique burrows in sandy patches interspersed with shrubs) with sawfly or lepidopteran (notodontid) caterpillars. The adults of this family usually spend much of their time on flowers or in trees hunting caterpillars.
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They are fascinating creatures.
INSECTS: Peterson Field Guides, Borror, Donald J., Richard E. White
Kaufman: Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton, Eric R., Kenn Kaufman
Insects of Cedar Creek
Sphecid Wasps of Michigan