These shiny black beetles are all over our patio plants, outside walls and door facings. Each one is about 3/8 inches long with a red/orange blotch in the center of the back. They appear to be eating something but don't seem to be doing any damage to the plants. The smaller (younger ?) ones lack the blotch. They all have orange undersides and legs.
Please help identify this bug.
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