We came across this lot while working in our garden today. They were all gathered around this one small tree and was an insect we haven’t seen before anywhere, let alone in our garden!
It took only a minute to find out what kind of bug we were dealing with, any concern that it could be a harmful insect was quickly taken away. It turned out to be a firebug which is actually not uncommon. It feeds on seeds, plant debris and other insects on occasion.
The smaller, wingless, mostly red ones are young firebugs called nymphs.
The larger red and black bugs are adults. I like the colors, they come out very well in pictures.