Insecticide hurts queen bees' egg-laying abilities

Imidacloprid insecticide may impair ability of queen honeybee and her hive to maintain a healthy colony.

A neonicotinoid insecticide may impair the ability of a queen honeybee and her hive to maintain a healthy colony, according to new research led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist.

The research examined the effects of imidacloprid, which belongs to the neonicotinoid class of insecticides. Honeybees often become exposed to neonicotinoids in the process of pollinating crops and ornamental plants while foraging for the nectar and pollen that feed their colonies.

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