(2) Neonicotinoids Reduce the Growth of Bumblebee Colonies and the Production of Queens
In another study in Science, British researchers fed sugar water laced with a neonicotinoid to 50 bumblebee colonies. They moved the bee colonies to a farm beside 25 colonies that had been fed ordinary sugar water.
Colonies exposed to the pesticides produced 85 percent fewer queens. Such a decline would translate into 85 fewer colonies.
All the bees in a colony die at the of a year except for a few new queens, which go on to produce new hives. But if far fewer queens are produced, there will be far fewer bees colonies, period.
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