Queen bees less likely to lay after insecticide exposure

Queen bees less likely to lay eggs, start colony after insecticide exposure – Kate Bueckert, CBC News

Queen bumblebees exposed to niamethoxam, a commonly used insecticide, are less likely to build colonies, which according to researchers could lead to extinction. Photo: Victoria Wickens/University of Reading

“Creating new bee colonies is vital for the survival of bumblebees — if queens don’t produce eggs or start new colonies, it is possible that bumblebees could die out completely,” Dr. Gemma Baron said.