Red Leaf Beetles

Found these two red leaf beetles (possibly Tricholochmaea cavicollis) enjoying the view on the fringes of the pine sandhills at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area north of Edmonton. 

Tricholochmaea sp., possibly T. cavicollis

A natural history fail on my part, I did not note the plant they were cavorting on, otherwise naming them the cherry leaf beetle Tricholochmaea cavicollis (J. L. LeConte, 1865) would have made their ID more certain. 

Thanks to Gerald Hilchie, BugGuide and John Acorn for their contributions to the ID.

(12 June, 2014. Canon 5D Mk II with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens and diffused Canon MT-24EX Twin Lite Flash. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f16)

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