A Common Pesticide Decreases Foraging Success and Survival in Honey Bees

Science  20 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6079, pp. 348-350
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215039

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Nonlethal exposure of honey bees to thiamethoxam (neonicotinoid systemic pesticide) causes high mortality due to homing failure at levels that could put a colony at risk of collapse. Simulated exposure events on free-ranging foragers labeled with a radio-frequency identification tag suggest that homing is impaired by thiamethoxam intoxication. These experiments offer new insights into the consequences of common neonicotinoid pesticides used worldwide.

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