Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honey bee larvae in the hive, a new study reports. The findings also show thatN-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)鈥攁n inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive鈥攊s highly toxic to honey bee larvae.
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Are there any pesticides that are toxic to honey bees?
Active constituents utilised by the horticultural and broadacre pesticides known to be toxic to honey bees. Each of these lists are extracts from Honey bee pesticide poisoning 鈥?a risk management tool for Australian farmers and beekeepers, published by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
How can we protect honey bees from pesticides?
Another tack on protecting honey bees from pesticides comes from researchers at Washington State University, who are developing a new material that attracts pesticide residues in honey bees.
What is killing our honey bees?
Honey bees are our key pollinator and saddled with a range of challenges to colony health. Most bee researchers believe that Varroa mites and the viruses that they transmit to honey bees are the biggest single mortality factor for honey bees.
How are bees affected by insecticides?
They come in contact with plants that have been sprayed with these types of solutions, and the insecticide residue infects the bees. The insecticide is added to seeds or the soil in which plants grow, and the plants have absorbed this insecticide and it can be found in the nectar and pollen of the plant, that the bees consume.