Here's your Bug of the Week! This insect is most active in the summer, and it measures 1-1.5" in length as an adult. Do you know what it is? If you do, post your answer in a comment by next Tuesday. Come back in a week for another insect ID challenge.
Last week's beautiful butterfly was the Palmedes swallowtail (Papilio palamedes). This species prefers wet forest habitats, and can be found near rivers and swamps in much of the eastern U.S. Kudos to Moni and Spirula for their correct answers.
Photo: Nancy Hinkle, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org