They are beneficial, plentiful and since they moved in I have noticed much less less pest damage showing on the leaves of the plants.I have seen them eating grasshoppers and other pests.These two were mating and I certainly welcome their offspring.
Thank you so much, nifty413 and your ID is correct. The one with the bright orange spots marks the male.The big lady has red markings.I have learned that this pretty insect has another common name from reading that link, Halloween bug. I'll go with that name for an obvious reason. What a beautiful difference in foliage I see now. I am absolutely amazed.I suspect this species is solving my gold tortoise beetle infestation which is primarily responsible for the unsightliness. Now I see these Halloween bugs without having to look too long for one.
I will submit this image and future ones too to Plant Files.Hi, Patootie and thanks.