is this a goodie or baddie?

Hi we found this bug on my delphinium leaves, sitting in the rain. Can any one identify it please.

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  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    Thanks Edd I wish I'd known I would have zapped him. If I see him again I'll get him. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Nooooo. Don't zap. It's all part of life's rich tapestry. 

    As humans we've destroyed far too much already

  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    I don't like killing things but the bees are under fire already, do they need more predators?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Nature needs us to stop killing it. We're the ones that upset the balance, not the parasitic wasp. They're part of the balance. We were part of the balance in ancient times but not now

  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    But does the balance still exist. Can we now stand back and let nature care for it's own after destroying so much of it. Don't we have a responsibility to protect species we have made vulnerable.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    It's an argument put forward by some. But I don't think more killing is a solution. We don't know enough about how it all works to make decisions about what lives and what dies. That's what's got us where we are now

  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    I agree with you, I hate killing anything but I do often wonder if it's far too late to repair the damage we have caused..I apologise for my ponderous mood casting shadows on the proceedings just feeling sorry for the bees.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Don't apologise Susie. You're thinking about it. More people should do that.

     

  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948


    Also agree with the staying out of it. Suppose wasp fly boy also predates on bug x. And bug X also hurts bees but worse. Then getting rid of wasp fly boy means more bug x and worse bees.

     

    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Don't apologise Susie. You're thinking about it. More people should do that.

     

    Like that comment, Nut.  

  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    I take your point Edd and Supernoodle. Mother nature is so much better at this than we are. I thought about this long into the night, thanks for all the alternative perspectives. I hope the bug will forgive my potentially murderous intentions.

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