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Unusual orange / red bug on my cosmos

Can anyone help me identify this bug which seems to be mating all over my recently purchased cosmos plant. I had bought it , left it in the wheelbarrow and noticed this evening it was covered in these wee chaps !!
Many Thanks for advice 
Cathy

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  • cathy.jocathy.jo Posts: 3
    PS I found this photo on the internet as my photos came out blurry. Although I found the photo on the internet after searching “ Orange/ Red bugs on cosmos “ the article it was attached to was in Spanish so couldn’t find the name but this is exactly what it looks like 😁
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,678
    edited July 2018
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,047
    Soldier beetle, it's a cover-all name for a few similar looking species. They're one of the good guys in the garden as they like to snack on aphids (when they're not shagging on your flowers, which they seem to do non-stop).
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,047
    lol I think bonking beetle is my new favourite bug name. :D
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,925
     :o:D  
  • cathy.jocathy.jo Posts: 3
    Thanks everyone ! 😁
    Glad to know theyre not harmful to the plant ! Id never heard of “ the bonking beetle “ before 😂😂😂
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,577
    edited July 2018
    Soldier beetle, it's a cover-all name for a few similar looking species. They're one of the good guys in the garden as they like to snack on aphids (when they're not shagging on your flowers, which they seem to do non-stop).
    Those lovely 'bonking beetles' regularly come to my garden in July. They are fond of my roses, and many other flowers. Yesterday I spotted them having a threesome on a specimen of Eupatorium cannabinum (hemp-agrimony) but did not have my camera at hand.

    Here's a pic of a foursome  :o I took some years ago in the countryside


    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,678
    Wow, they really are always bonking! Every photo, every moment.
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