Resolving the Imidacloprid Paradox and the CCD Connection

There are quite a number of studies that show imidacloprid and other neonicotinoid insecticides don't do much damage to honeybees at levels expected in field conditions.  Yet there is plenty of evidence that "country" bees do better than "farm" bees. The big migratory beekeepers are the one's suffering the most, often with losses over 100% a year, [...]

The Case Against Imidacloprid

Ever since French beekeepers saw their bees dying as they collected pollen from treated sunflowers back in 1996, beekeepers have been concerned that their bees are being harmed the highly toxic neonicotinoid insecticides, with imidacloprid most widely used. The use of this class of insecticide has grown steadily ever since. Bee losses have become chronic [...]

Banning Bee-Killing Pesticides

Last week three major home store chains in the UK took insecticides with troublesome neonicotinoid systemics off their shelves.  The chains, Wicks, B&Q, and HomeBase no longer have insecticides containing clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the three neonicotinoids deemed most toxic and problematic to honeybees in a recent announcement from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  The EFSA recommends, among other things, [...]

The Nosema Enigma

How can half the bees in my hive already be heavily infected by nosema cerenae, yet the colony is strong, putting stores in the honey supers in April and at risk of a  swarm? Nevertheless, this is how it is.  This is the same colony that presented me with Chilly Bees last year but recovered [...]