The first soldier beetle of spring, in eastern North America, is often Atalantycha bilineata. This one was perched along the grape hyacinths in our meadow garden.
As an exercise in perspective, look at the difference in visual effect is when the same individual, in the same pose, is photographed from the side:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
diffused twin flash
top: ISO 200, f/13, 1/250 sec
bottom: ISO 640, f/11, 1/80 sec