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Bugs and Beetles

I have a few campanulas and discovered these small shiny bronze coloured beetles  I think I have identified them as a species of Brachypnoea.  I cannot find anything out about them and wondered if I should leave them or destroy.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    The majority of garden insects do no harm at all. I don't kill much, I might squash the odd slug or snail but never use poisons. Some sort of balance is achieved, I don't suffer much damage.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,270

    Beetles form a large part of the hedgehog's diet - if we go found destroying everything it's no wonder hedgehogs are in short supply image

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    ...but bugs may be a different matter - aphids being the worst culprits.  Although they do feed blue tits.....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    the blue tits are part of the balance Steve. But once you decide you're going to eliminate part of that balance it all goes ............

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    They certainly are.  It'd be great to have a garden in which there are a few pests, controlled by a few natural predators and all of nature in harmony.  The trouble is, as I've mentioned elsewhere, gardens aren't natural - we want just a few types of plant to grow, often in areas where they don't belong, so we have to put up with the consequences - or use non-natural techniques to look after them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    seems to work for meimage

     

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    A colleauge, and also a keen gardener,  several years ago said to me (after I'd related to him some incident of mayhem wrought on my plants), "Steve", he said, "your garden is a constant battle against nature".  Which it wasn't really, but I took his point.

    I like to work with nature, but as someone once said, "you should have seen what it was like when nature had it to itself".

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    We should have seen what it was like but it's all a long time ago now. My garden was wild and jungly when I arrived but it wasn't nature. It was what happens when former agricultural land and rubbish tip are combined and neglected for 30 years.

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