Karen, it's in my blood, I couldn't possibly abandon you all!
Melanie, I think I would have squashed it too! About the only thing I will squash is the Red Lily Beetle, which is an invader here in the last few years.
It was a horrible thing to see a 7-spot Ladybird moving it's head slightly, with a parasite under it. I knew there was nothing I could do, and I didn't want to kill the beetle even though it's days were numbered. Survival of the species may be essential but I wish they would do it out of my sight.