Hi there—here in California (Bay Area) I’ve always called this beetle a “boxer beetle” but can’t find anything under that name when I do an online search of your site or anywhere else. It has an orange body and black wings, and will spit out a bit of black “ink” when threatened. It also has a voracious appetite for aphids, and I would love to order a bunch for my roses and vegetable gardens. Can you give me the correct name, let me know if it causes any “pesky” problems, and if I can order them from anywhere? Thanks!!
This is a Soldier Beetle, possibly Podabrus pruinosus. To the best of our knowledge, they are not available commercially despite their excellent carvivorous behavior.