As i was taking some shots of some orange day lilies i noticed this little guy crawling up one that hadn't opened yet so i quickly took some shot until i accidentally knocked him off lol. I was sure i didn't get anything in focus but when i got home i noticed this shot and was quite happy with it.
I didn't know what kind of bug it was so of course i googled it and think its a Soldier Beetle (aka Downy Leather-wing)
All gardeners should love these insects!! (In other words: don't kill them!)
The soldier beetle is a voracious predator, feeding on aphids, smaller insect eggs, insect larvae, some caterpillars and other small insects. Their eating habits have made them a very beneficial beetle around most vegetation since plant life is not part of their diet. They are about ¾” long, and their segmented antennae are over half the length of their bodies. Their dusky or downy wing covers can be any color from a light mauve to chocolate-brown to near black. Their harmless larvae spend the winter hibernating underground.