Science links:

The largest-ever field trials in Europe and Canada on neonics LINK

Chronic exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide alters the interactions between bumblebees and wild plants. LINK

Effects of Sublethal Doses of Glyphosate on Honeybee Navigation. LINK

Bumblebees exposed to pesticides are slower to learn foraging behaviour. “The study shows that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides changes the interaction between bumblebees and wildflowers in a number of ways, a result which the study’s authors say should be factored into future pesticide risk assessments.” LINK

Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae. LINK PDF


Chronic exposure to neonicotinoids increases neuronal vulnerability to mitochondrial dysfunction in the bumblebee. LINK

Neonicotinoids target distinct nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and neurons, leading to differential risks to bumblebee. LINK ARTICLE

Seed coating with a neonicotinoid insecticide negatively affects wild bees. LINK


Honeybees Produce Millimolar Concentrations of Non-Neuronal Acetylcholine for Breeding: Possible Adverse Effects of Neonicotinoids. LINK

Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees. LINK

Controversial insecticides linked to wild bee declines. Evidence against neonicotinoid chemicals mounts. “Our results show that neonicotinoids are harmful to wild bees — we are very confident about that.” LINK

Sub-lethal effects of dietary neonicotinoid insecticide exposure on honey bee queen fecundity and colony development. LINK

High Number of Pesticides Within Colonies Linked to Honey Bee Deaths  LINK

Pesticide poisoning stops bees from finding flowers LINK

Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops LINK

Honey bees long-lasting locomotor deficits after exposure to the diamide chlorantraniliprole are accompanied by brain and muscular calcium channels alterations LINK

What you can do:

Pollinators are faced with many challenges – pesticides, habitat loss, climate change, parasites and disease. While this may seem like an overwhelming problem, there are things that all of us can do that will make a real difference. It starts right in our backyards.

How You Can Help Our Pollinators NHPollinatorFlyer