Killing bees in Oregon

Oregon may not be the best place to be a bee. Last year, 50 000 bumblebees (Bombus sp.) died there in a parking lot. Trees had been sprayed with pesticide. It turned out that the spray was dinotefuran, one of the neonicotinoids. Three neonics are currently under a temporary ban here in Europe, but not dinotefuran which (I think) is permanently banned here.

Another 1000 bees, this time honeybees (Apis mellifera) were found dead along an Oregon road last month. Of course people’s minds turned to neonics. But it seems that this particular bee kill wasn’t about pesticides at all. It’s looking as though these bees swarmed peacefully, as honeybees do, and they got killed by cars.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Killing bees in Oregon

  1. Littlesundog says:

    I was not aware of this. Both scenarios in Oregon are disturbing but especially he pesticide spraying.

    • argylesock says:

      Yes. I wonder whether the honeybees were in mobile hives, transported to follow crops’ flowering times. Does that style of beekeeping happen in Oregon? If so, I think perhaps the beekeeper wasn’t cautious enough about hive placement.

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