HONEYBEES ADDICTED TO NEONICOTINOIDS?
Just a few short weeks ago, an article was published in the Journal of Nature showcasing a recent study that demonstrates that honeybees and a species of bumble bee were more attracted to plants that had been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides.
The study involved Apis mellifera as well as Bombus terrestris in a simple two-choice feeding preference assay. It was shown that bees of both species tended to eat more of the prepared nectar solutions that had higher concentrations of the pesticides. Results further showed that the bees, while readily attracted to the nectar, were eating less of it.
This work further demonstrates the possible threats in treating areas frequented by foraging bees with neonicotinoid based chemicals.