Exclusive: Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’ A Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica) is collecting nectar at a yellow rapeseed blossom. Bees and other vital food crop pollinators have been declining
Australian grocery giant will join Bunnings to withdraw Yates Confidor from sale Woolworths will join other companies to stop selling the pesticide repeatedly linked to bee harm. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/GettyWoolworths in Australia has joined a growing list of companies to stop supplying a controversial pesticide linked to
Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama.
Almost a quarter of British honey samples remain contaminated after a partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, new research has revealed. The contamination rate has fallen – it was more than half before the ban – but the study shows that the potent insecticides remain prevalent in the
Of all Australia’s venomous animals, bees and wasps pose the biggest threat to public health, causing more than twice the number of admissions to hospital as snake bites and the same number of deaths. The first national analysis of 13 years’ data on bites and stings from
The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species
Common fungicides are the strongest factor linked to steep declines in bumblebees across the US, according to the first landscape-scale analysis. The surprising result has alarmed bee experts because fungicides are targeted at molds and mildews – not insects – but now appear to be a cause
Thieves are cashing in on an increasingly lucrative beekeeping market by snatching entire hives, with 135 reported thefts over the past six years. New figures show that hundreds of thousands of bees have been taken from apiaries across England and Wales since 2011. Queen bees of certain