Stung on a hunt

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NICO­TINE-BASED in­sec­ti­cides, called neon­i­coti­noids, can cause a slow death of honey bee colonies. Queen bees fed a im­i­da­clo­prid-laced syrup laid sub­stan­tially fewer eggs "be­tween one-third and two-thirds as many, depend­ing on the dose" than queens in un­ex­posed colonies. Ex­posed colonies col­lected and stored far less pollen and were more sus­cep­ti­ble to pests and pathogens. Sci­en­tific Re­ports, Au­gust 26

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