12 Jan '18, 2pm

Honey Bees Attracted to Glyphosate and a Common Fungicide

All species evolve over time to have distinct preferences for survival. But with rapidly changing synthetic chemicals, sometimes animals don't have a chance to develop a beneficial aversion to something harmful. New research from the University of Illinois indicates that honeybees —which are dying en masse —may actually prefer the taste of flowers laced with pesticides that are likely harmful. The study tested honeybee consumption of different sugar syrups, some plain and some with different concentrations of common pesticides. They found that while the bees didn't care for syrup with extremely high concentrations of pesticides, at low levels, the bees flocked to those pesticides. Among the pesticides tested were the ever-controversial glyphosate , the most common pesticide in the U.S., which previous studies have also shown to be attractive to honeybees . Chlorothalonil, ...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/honey-bees-and-pesticides-252482...

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