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Orange/white spotted black insect - Murgantia histrionica

Orange/white spotted black insect - Murgantia histrionica
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
November 17, 2007
Size: 5-6mm
I never seen this insect in my yard before, does anyone know what it is?

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Harlequin Bug (Murgantia histrionica)
This looks like a Harlequin Bug (Murgantia histrionica)

 
Exactly
George, you may want to look at other posts to see the difference in coloration; those from California tend to have more black. Also, the nymphs have an unusual pattern.

This is a particularly good photo, because the wing veins towards the tail end aren't usually so detailed.

 
Thanks guys for the ID guys
Good thing this bug didn't release any stink

 
Edit
I fixed the location information on your images- the "County/Parish/Region" field is only for the county name or equivalent (in Canada there's a jurisdiction called a region that's sort of like a county). You're not the first (or twenty-first) to make that mistake.