What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Is it a beetle of some sort?
Hi,
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.
Ellen

Hi Ellen,
We are touched by your compassion. This looks to be one of the Soldier Beetles, in the family Cantharidae.

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