Common pesticide affects reproduction of solitary bees


Both acute and repeated exposure to imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide commonly sprayed on flowering plants and seeds, impairs reproduction in native blue orchard bees, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The blue orchard bee is a solitary species used by some farmers to pollinate almond and other fruit trees, and the finding suggests that overuse of neonicotinoids could contribute to declining populations of solitary bee species, says bee ecologist Fabio Sgolastra.

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