As honeybees are lost, beekeepers and scientists grapple with potential causes

September 21, 2015

From: Herald-Mail Media

by Dave McMillion


Which is the bigger threat?

An assistant entomology professor at the University of Maryland is hesitant to lay heavy blame on neonicotoid pesticide use. Dennis vanEnglesdorp, whose research has focused on honeybee health, said there has only been small numbers of beehives with traces of the pesticides in sampling work.

VanEnglesdorp said a big threat to honeybees is the Varroa mites, which is illustrated by the fact that large numbers of beekeepers are not treating for the mites.

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