The Truth is Where?

By Brooks Hays  9th May 2014.                  Find Article Here:-

Though mites do kill honeybees in their hives, pesticides are primarily responsible for the mass abandonment of nests, according to new research.

Significant rates of colony collapse disorder have been reported all over the world.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 9 (UPI) —Though parasitic mites continue to infect and kill honeybees, a new study suggests they are not to blame for colony collapse disorder (CCD), the phenomenon blamed for rapidly depleting the world’s honeybee population — pesticides are.Harvard researchers, working with beekeepers in Massachusetts, kept tabs on 18 bee colonies, six hives in three different locations — from October 2012 to April 2013. Half the colonies were treated with a non-lethal dose of two neonicotinoid pesticides.

The researchers found that at least a portion of bees abandoned all 18 nests throughout the cold winter. But whereas warmer temperatures encouraged the return…

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