Having trouble identifying bugs...
I have been searching online for hours for the third day in a row trying to identify a few bugs in my yard, that I am unfamiliar with. I garden organically and have tried to plant to attract beneficials, but beyond the most common bugs, I don't know one from the other and don't know which are good to have and which might be a problem.
I had what I thought was a hover moth today, but the photos look larger than what I saw. My butterfly weed, asclepsia, attracts all kinds of bugs, one which is a very large flying insect which looks somewhat like a large hornet that are very dark with large bands of orange on them. Another is a bug I saw in the daytime that was orange, and a little like a ladybug, but with only two very small dots on its back, then I saw the same bug at night, but it had changed into a metallic shiny gold. I know it was the same bug, as I captured it and saw it change.
Plus a few others. I don't have a digital camera to take photos of them, so I was looking for online websites that might have a photo of them, but so far, the sites I have found show ordinary bugs and nothing like what I am looking at.