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Growing Flowering Plants That are Safe for Pollinators in the Yard and GardenA type of sweat bee, one of 4,000 spp. of native bees in the USADavid Smitley, September 30, 2014Michigan State University
What are neonicotinoid insecticides?
Neonicotinoid Insecticides Used for Pest Control on Ornamentals1Neonic insecticides given to bees orallyHoney bees Lowest lethal concentrationAcute Chronic(ppb) (ppb)Honey bees lowest sublethalconcentrationAcute Chronic(ppb) (ppb) Bumble bees Lowest lethal concentrationAcute Chronic(ppb) (ppb)Bumble bees lowest sublethalconcentrationAcute Chronic(ppb) (ppb)Acetamiprid442,000ND5,000NDNDNDNDNDClothianidin>190ND24NDNDNDNDNDDinotefuran>380NDNDNDNDNDNDNDImidacloprid>1850.10>20ND24ND59ND10Thiomethoxam>250NDND50ND120ND1001From the 2012 Xerces Society Report: ‘Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?’
How Neonicotinoids and Bees Became a Crisis for Greenhouse and Nursery Growers: the Last 16 MonthsBuzzkill: Huge bee die-off in Oregon parking lot blamed on insecticide sprayingGrist.org, Oregon Public Broadcasting•25,000 dead bumble bees and honey bees found in the parking lot of the Wilsonville Target Store•Linden trees in full bloom had been sprayed with Safari (dinotefuran)•Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, said he has confirmed the bees died from pesticide poisoning.“Evidently they didn’t follow the label instructions. This should not have been applied to the trees while they’re in bloom.”Start: June 20, 2013
Bee Science Articles 02/11/14 - GMO Soybeans Are Bad for Mexico's Beekeepers02/20/12 - Study Says Insecticide Used with GM Corn Toxic to Bees01/21/11 - Call to Ban Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths12/24/08 - Bee Learning Affected by Eating Toxin from GE Corn08/26/08 - New Research Finds Higher-Than-Expected Levels of Pesticides in Hives05/08/08 - Honeybee Hives in U.S. Seeing Continued Decline05/05/08 - Air Pollution Impedes Bees' Ability to Find Flowers09/07/07 - Study Points to Virus in Collapse of Honeybee Colonies05/04/07 - What's The Buzz? Scientists Explore Pesticide Poisoningof Bees04/26/07 - Requiem for the HoneybeeFeb 2014Organic Consumers Association Website
February 7, 2014 Join One of these Five Home Depot ‘Swarms’ to Help Save the Bees! Organic Consumers AssociationFor related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Honey Bee Health pageand our Millions Against Monsanto page.