Harlequin Flower Beetle

can you tell me what kind of bug this is? It was on my breakfast room floor
We put in on an envelope and it stated walking and then pooped the string of brown liquid.
Sincerely,
Linda Eiswirth

Hi Linda,
And just where is your breakfast room? This is a Harlequin Flower Beetle, also called an Arizona Jewel Beetle. Its scientific name is listed as either Gymnetis flavomarginata or Gymnetis casey.

My breakfast room faces east. We have a large bay window and a rock garden with potted plants outside of the room. We live in the suburbs of Houston about 28 miles north of Houston. Never saw one of these before. So, do they eat flowers? Thank you for your response. That was really quick. The grandchildren will be excited that we got an answer.

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