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New Study: Do honeybees get addicted by neonicotinoids?

New Study: Do honeybees get addicted by neonicotinoids?

The impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on insect pollinators is highly controversial. Previous studies have shown that bees become disoriented by this insecticides and don't find back in their hive. Now researchers report in a new study: The insects literally fly on neonicotinoids. The study shows that the honeybee does not avoid nectar-relevant concentrations of three of the most commonly used neonicotinoids, Imidacloprid (IMD), Thiamethoxam (TMX), and Clothianidin (CLO), in food. Moreover, bees of both species prefer to eat more of sucrose solutions laced with IMD or TMX than sucrose alone.

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