pt529

What is this black bug?

pt529
6 days ago

My apartment balcony has a mini "garden" with some potted flowers and succulents and this sunshine ligustrum shrub. I noticed since 2-3 days ago that there is this new bug/beetle hanging out within my shrub but I don't know what it is.

Can anyone identify it? I just want to know if it's a beneficial, predatory insect or a leaf-eating insect that I need to be worried about. I moved to a top floor poolside apartment so I was surprised to see this bug. My plants, especially this shrub, recently suffered major grasshopper attacks at my previous apartment that was facing the a courtyard garden so I'm a little paranoid.

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