The Asian hornet arrived in France in 2004 and has become the scourge of all amateur beekeepers. From the beginning of August, Frédéric Wielezynski, a beekeeper in the Médoc region of France, spends every weekend tirelessly repeating the same futile gestures. He positions himself in front of his hives armed with a fly swat and tries to crush the enormous bee-eating hornets.
These are not just any hornets, but the Asian Vespa velutina. "I know it's useless, because a dozen more will arrive as soon as my back is turned, but I have to do something," said Wielezynski, president of the Gironde and Aquitaine beekeepers' association. "I love my bees and I can't just stand by and see them being eaten up without doing anything about it."
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