The raspberries are winding down. I was picking from a pint to almost a quart every day for a while. Lately they’re ripening much more slowly and the ones that do ripen seem a bit collapsed and/or partly eaten.
Birds, I figured – until the day I saw wasps and honeybees landing on berries before I could get to them. They’d grab hold, lock on, and start sucking/chewing away.
This was so entertaining to watch that I had a hard time blaming them for bogarting the berries I really, really wanted for the freezer.
Can’t really blame them: I, too, want to extract every last bit of sweetness before the season ends.