Around and inch long. 6 legs, bigger than a wasp, and orange and black. Found near the coast in the woods in South Carolina.
From these photos, the main features to go on are the dorsal black and red markings, the coloured bands on the legs, the white dots on the abdomen, and the shape of the body. These features does match well with this species, which is common in southern North America:
Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes)
The bite from this species is supposed to be very painful.
While not a threat to humans, if not handled properly, a Zelus longipes bite can cause a burning sensation with swelling that may last for several days. https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/bugs/zelus_longipes.htm