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13/07/2014 at 14:51

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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52337.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

Edd
13/07/2014 at 15:01

wasp.

Not great on wasps but its some kind of paper wasp. I will have a look.

Wasp mimic fly?

Edit: Conopid fly,  Physocephala rufipes (Diptera: Conopidae)

These flies are bee parasites and they lay their eggs between the abdominal plates of live bees. Nasty.

13/07/2014 at 16:40

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

13/07/2014 at 16:44

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

As humans we've destroyed far too much already

13/07/2014 at 17:40

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

13/07/2014 at 17:49

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

13/07/2014 at 18:33

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.

13/07/2014 at 18:38

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

13/07/2014 at 18:49

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.

13/07/2014 at 18:53

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

 

13/07/2014 at 21:03


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.  

Edd
14/07/2014 at 09:21

What if Noah has squished those two mosquitoes or bees? 

14/07/2014 at 09:31

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.

14/07/2014 at 09:32
Edd wrote (see)

What if Noah has squished those two mosquitoes or bees? 

 

 

Or forgot to get on board himself

14/07/2014 at 09:33

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