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Jason Lloyd
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I have these bugs in my garden that come out of the mulch when I water but couldn't really find anything like them through Google. I'm in south Australia. Would anyone know what they are?
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This is my best guess. I did a Google search, so make what you will of this.

I think it might be the Soft-wing Flower Beetle or a closely related species. This is what a soft-wing flower beetle looks like:

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The only other guess I can think of at the moment is a Velvet Ant, but from your picture the insect appears more closely related to the beetle-ish family than to ants.
 
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http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Clerid-beetle/Eleale/lepida.html


The description says they can come in different color combos..
 
Jason Lloyd
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Thanks for the quick replies
I reckon it might be the Clerid beetle. They do bite if you get one on you, but they dont seem to bother the plants.
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