Archive for March, 2012

Bee feeding from flower.

Controversial Pesticide Linked to Bee Collapse

Published on March 29, 2012

By: Brandon Keim, Wired Science

A controversial type of pesticide linked to declining global bee populations appears to scramble bees’ sense of direction, making it hard for them to find home. Starved of foragers and the pollen they carry, colonies produce fewer queens, and eventually collapse.

A great yellow bumblebee makes its rounds of flowers.

Pesticide-dosed bees lose future royalty, way home: Low doses of insecticides can lead to fewer queens, shrinking colonies

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By: Susan Milius, Science News

What does not kill them does not in fact make them stronger when it comes to bees and pesticides. Two unusual studies with free-flying bumblebees and honeybees find that survivable exposure to certain pesticides can lead to delayed downturns in bee royalty and a subtle erosion of workforces.