Striking, no-longer unidentified, wasp
A colorful Ichneumon wasp, so far, not even identified to subfamily on BugGuide. I found this basking on the side of a car on a cool morning. Body length about 13 mm. This is a very diverse family, with more than 5,000 North American species and several hundred genera. I poked around BugGuide for quite a while, and can't seem to find it--this is rather a surprise, because BugGuide has excellent coverage in the Southeast and has a lot of the common ichneumons identified now.
Update--Bob Carlson on BugGuide identified this to subfamily Banchinae. That may be as far as it gets. I released this--probably should have kept it as a specimen in hopes of future ID, though I'm no good at pinning insects--need more practice. (Further update--Bob identified this as Diradops bethunei.)