The beetles are back. In glancing back through my blog with the search term "beetles," it seems I'm not making a dent in the population of Japanese beetles. I wonder if they would be worse if I didn't bother trying to pick them off. I have to ask myself if there are enough of the ones that I can't reach that they attain their maximum sustainable population each year anyway.
Anyway, I've tossed quite a few over to my neighbor's chickens, and I've also drowned some in sudsy water. Here are some I knocked off over the course of a couple of days (not counting the ones I gave to the chickens).
All I can say is here we go again.