Following are three pics of an odd black and red insect that I found in my garden last eve. There were at least a dozen perched on a dead stick, the remnants of a fig plant that had frozen to the ground. They started scattering as I bent down to look at them, and scattered into the pine bark mulch at the base. There seems to be no damage on the leaves emerging from the base of the fig plant.
I tried looking them up online but could not find a definite ID The color looks a little like the soft winged flower beetle or the scarlet malachite beetle, though the pattern is not like any of the photos I could locate.
Any ideas? Harmless?