Common Insecticide Linked to Honeybee Colony Collapse

In the fall of 2006, etymologists faced a distressing situation: bee colonies were dying off at unprecedented rates. Over the winter of 2006, bee colonies continued to decline, and beekeepers reported losses of between 30 to 90 percent of their hives. Though some die-off is expected to occur over the winter, these rates were still much higher than expected. Scientists were baffled. What was behind this drastic loss of bee colonies? Can anything be done to solve this crisis?

Bees are important pollinators for a number of crops. (Photo credit: B.A.E. Inc./Alamy)

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