Another bug in love
I am finding lots of these beetles in the redwood bark in my front garden. What are they? I’m assuming these are more candidates for the “bugs in love” page? They have wild looking red eyes, which I didn’t even notice until I took a picture to send to you. Many thanks,
Goleta, CA (near Santa Barbara, on the southern CA coast)
Your mating insects are Red Shouldered Bugs, Jadera haematoloma. They are probably feeding on seeds that have fallen from your trees into the redwood bark. One of their favorite food plants is the Golden Rain Tree and they are sometimes called Golden Rain Tree Bugs.