Bees attracted to toxic pesticides

Bees attracted to toxic pesticides

New studies show that bees prefer to forage on untreated or pesticide-laced food sources. Over time, individual bees who have visited treated flowers develop a preference for the taste. This creates a growing risk to their long-term health and colony success. Specifically neonicotinoids have been shown to affect bee nerve receptors triggering addictive behavior. Neonicotinoids have also been linked to altering feeding behavior, loss of “buzz” pollination and reduction in colony size. Several local governments have set up pollinator policies to limit the use of neonicotinoids and protect pollinators. Farm Bill 2018 could supersede these policy protections. For more information about the affect of pesticides on bees, check out Beyond Pesticides’ blog post on the topic.