Hyalymenus tarsatus or  longispinus  
I noticed these beetles hanging out on a Milkweed seed pod, and wondered what they were doing there because they aren't Milkweed beetles. Then they got busy.
Hyalymenus tarsatus, mating pair
I think they're Hyalymenus tarsatus, or Hyalymenus longispinus, but I reserve the right to be wrong on that guess.
Hyalymenus tarsatus, spines and white spots
Hyalymenus tarsatus, mating pair, underbelly view
Hyalymenus tarsatus
Hyalymenus tarsatus
I saw another one on my Cassia flower, but the day was breezy so I didn't get many pictures. Some bugs are sort-of cute, and I'll pick them up for better photos, but I'm not very interested in picking these up.
These bugs (right and below) are immature (aka nymphs.) See the tiny spots on the middle segment that will become wings? The strange creatures sort-of look like ants, but I think they're Hyalymenus tarsatus nymphs. The one on the right was crawling on a Salvia plant, and the one below was walking around on my Elderberry.
Hyalymenus tarsatus nymph
Hyalymenus tarsatus nymph
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