The next day I stepped out onto the back porch and heard a loud buzzing over my head. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a huge hornet checking out carpenter bee holes. It was easily about two inches long. Before I could think to react it flew away. It was back again the next day. I decided I had better start making hornet traps.
|A 1 liter bottle, cheap wine, banana, and a bit of honey|
|Tipi shaped holes are cut near the top of the bottle. Flaps are folded inward|
|A couple inches of wine is poured into the bottle, with|
a drizzle of honey and a few chunks of ripe banana.
|I hung the first one off the porch roof near where we'd seen the hornets.|
We haven't seen it since, but the concern for our honeybees remains. I'll get a couple more of these set up and we'll see what happens.