%##!!!&^! Hornets!

This afternoon when I went out to turn off a sprinkling system, I found hornets had located a cluster of grapes on a grape vine growing near the patio. They definitely were not there early in the day but they had eaten about a third of the cluster.

Not wanting to mess with hornets in the heat of the day, I decided to harvest the remaining grapes early the next morning. I’m hopeful they will at least leave me the seeds…

See “Wasp Management on Grapes”

This time of year the little darlings are craving sugar. I guess it’s their way of telling me my grapes are ripe. I was thinking they would be sweeter in a week or two… 😉

UPDATE It “sort of” worked. This morning, temperature was about 12C. Unfortunately the hornets had spent the night working on my grapes. They were sluggish and not flying so I carefully pruned about half the grapes. I kid you not. Hornets were embedded. It was like picking hand-grenades. I brought the container in and refrigerated it so that I might separate grapes from stems and hornets with greater safety. I will let the hornets eat the rest of the grapes. They will leave the seeds for me. Next year, I will pick grapes sooner… Last year I had no problem leaving the grapes go another two weeks…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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