Beekeeper’s trap blocks only hornet queens

Denis Jaffré with one of  the hornet traps
Denis Jaffré with one of the traps

A Breton beekeeper is preparing for Europe-wide sales of his innovative trap for Asian hornets after he won France’s most prestigious inventor’s prize.

Denis Jaffré’s traps are unique as they catch the queens in spring thus avoiding having to deal with nests in summer – but they allow other insects to escape.

They have been welcomed as a way of fighting the hornets which eat bees and other pollinating insects while not harming other wildlife. Hornets are estimated to have killed 10-15% of bees in France.

The idea won this year’s Grand Prix du Concours Lépine for its effectiveness and originality.

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