Honey Bee Deaths Higher Again in 2012-2013 Winter: One-Third of American Colonies Died Out.

“We're getting closer and closer to the point where we don't have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands.”

- Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D., Entomologist, Univ. of Maryland

 Honey bees image by Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org.
Honey bees image by Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org.

Neonicotinoid Clothianidin Pesticide and Honey Bees:  “Among the neonicotinoids, clothianidin is among those most toxic for honey bees; and this combined with its systemic movement in plants has produced a troubling mix of scientific results pointing to its potential risk for honey bees through current agricultural practices. Our own research indicates that systemic pesticides occur in pollen and nectar in much greater quantities than has been previously thought, and that interactions among pesticides occurs often and should be of wide concern.”

- James Frazier, Ph.D., Prof of Entomology,
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

 

May 31, 2013  Niwot, Colorado - In early May 2013, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, apiary scientists and beekeepers all confirmed that the deaths and disappearances of honey bees in the United States in the winter of 2012 to 2013 rose again to at least one-third of all honey bee colonies.

 

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