(Alabama) This insect mimics a milk weed beetle.
Yes, it does look like the red milkweed beetle and it is related. However, your beetle is a different longhorn beetle in the genus Saperda…it is one of the flat-faced borers. It is either the elm borer or Saperda imitans (no common name). It is probably the elm borer as it is far more common than the other.
These beetles are found in eastern North America in deciduous woodlands. The beetles are seen in the summers when they lay eggs on dead trees.
Larvae of the elm borer feed on dead or stressed elm trees, while S.imitans larvae feed on various dead hardwood trees such as hickory, stone fruits (plum, cherry, peaches, almond), and willow.
This insect overwinters as pupa in sapwood of the trees emerging as early as May into June.
These beetles do not bite nor are poisonous in any way.
Very colorful beetle! Nice photo!