Subject: some beetle??
Geographic location of the bug: Bay Area, California
Time: 02:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this bug on my peas and oats! Sorry for the bad picture. Is it a harmful insect that I should work to control? If so, how do I do so? Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed: Jayde
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and according to iNaturalist, there are many species in California. Your individual might be Podabrus pruinosus comes based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Adults eat nectar, pollen, other insects; larvae are fluid-feeding predators, feed on insect eggs and larvae” which means they are a beneficial family.