This soldier beetle, family Cantharidae, was fairly cooperative if only for a short period of time. Quite a poser though, in the best sense. A lot of these beetles don’t have quite so brilliant a red or orange on them as this one (in my personal experience in Massachusetts, anyway). Such colors are usually warnings to would-be predators, but they are more like invitations to photographers. I am not sure if this particular beetle has any nasty properties, but it was pleasurable to photograph. In the shots below/after the break, I was able to get a nice low angles which worked very nicely (if I may say so) even if I couldn’t arrange the frame to have the beetle looking more towards the center as opposed to the edge. The vagaries of bugs who move when they want and plant that only move if you make them. C’est la vie.
Typical ID disclaimer: very rough guess is genus Podabrus (neat name!), but I’m doubtful. Two more shots below.