Re: Found this in Garden
nah, its nature. Just remove the worm and the wasps and continue with the garden. Its really not that bad.
I'm raising some monarchs right now. I collected them as 1st through 3rd instar larve, and sometimes they are parasitized. Can't tell till they hatch- and the choice is a butterfly or a maggot.
I have never reared one of the maggots to see what it is, nor have I looked it up, but either way its cool!
I often will give the crystalis away, and warn the person at the end that a symbiotic parasitic relationship may have happened if I didn't rear the monarch from the egg.
Without the monarch, the wasp or other insect would not have survived. With the parasite, the monarch will not survive.
While unpleasant when we think about it, in reality it allows for the survival of a species.
There are other types of symbiotic relationships too. With commensalism, one species is obligate to the other, but the other has no adverse affect. Freshwater mussels are an example. They attach themselves to the gills of the host fish when they are in their larval stage. Without the fish, the species parishes.
All very interesting to me!!
The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic. ~Roosevelt