Day 79 The pear juice had failed to entice anything into the trap so this morning we replaced it with cheap beer. By early afternoon half a dozen yellow jackets had drowned. And there was much rejoicing.

Sadly there are plenty of yellow jackets left. The good news is that for all their flying around the hive they make few attempts to gain entrance. One invader that tried was immediately pushed out with a defender on its back. The two dropped and then flew up away out of sight. Whether the yellow jacket was trying to escape or the honeybee was taking out the trash was unclear.

Rain has postponed our plans to fix follower boards.