Approx. 5 mm soft wings. Family Cantharidae possibly genus Chauliognathus?
Here is a picture I took of the Cantharis consors located at Eaton Canyon.
Observed while in its natural state in/near the bottomland hardwood forest of southwestern TN, just 5 miles east of the Mississippi river.
Second photo: wheeeee
The soldier beetles, Cantharidae, are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles, related to the Lampyridae or firefly family, but unable to produce light. They are cosmopolitan in distribution. One common British species is bright red, reminding people of the red coats of soldiers, hence the common name. A secondary common name is leatherwing, obtained from the texture of the wing covers.