Is it a beetle of some sort?
I am an American (not that that is really pertinent!) living in Australia (east coast, halfway between Brisbane and Sydney). I found this bug at the park. I looked through your beetles and couldn’t find it…not really sure it is a beetle. It moves fairly fast and flies and was difficult to photograph. It is fairly small, maybe 1/2 inch. And, love your site! I wanted to be an entomologist, but I can’t even kill an ant, so how was I ever going to dissect creatures I so cherish. Thanks for your help.
We are touched by your compassion. This looks to be one of the Soldier Beetles, in the family Cantharidae.