Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees Research Paper

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Are bees dying from pesticides? The answer to that question is yes. The honey bee has other seventy different species, from the typical honey bee to the Rusty Patched bee. Over the years just the Rusty Patched bee population has dropped over ninety percent of its range. These bees and millions of others are dying from a pesticide called neonicotinoids. These pesticides keep bugs from your lawn, make your grass greener, and also make your grass grow faster. But pesticides do one very important thing, they keep pests away. When bees go to pollinate your plants they are helping the plant grow and release oxygen for us to breathe, but when they get the pesticide on their bodies instead of pollen, they get lethargic and can’t make it back to the …show more content…
She is the only bee that reproduces to grow that colonies population. But what happens when the queen bee is dying or dead? That colony will live off their last worker bees and eventually vanish. This brutal murdering of queen bees is all because of neonicotinoids. This means that these chemicals are harming our already fairly scarce and delicate queen bees. Bees are necessary to our environment because they help pollinate which causes plants to grow and create more oxygen for us to live. In the article “Controversial Pesticides may Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives could be Worse” by Jenna Gallegos it talks about studies done in different parts of the world. The article mentions “In the Canadian study, scientists found that bees were exposed to 26 different pesticides. Neonicotinoids were present far below dangerous levels, but the exposure continued for months. Surprisingly, the bulk of contaminated pollen didn’t come from crops treated with the pesticide but from wildflowers nearby. That adds to the evidence that neonicotinoids might move through the soil and get picked up by other plants.” this just shows how easily it is for bees to pick up pesticides and kill themselves. Almost like a mass murder of these harmless …show more content…
Then they harnessed the insects to the flight mill...After one dose of pesticide, bees flew longer and farther than other bees. But if they got more of the pollutant, they now flew shorter distances. The bees also stayed in the air for less time and flew more slowly”(Konkel,2017). They said these findings were because neonics first gave that “buzz” or “high” that made the bees fly faster and longer, but after multiple doses of neonics it made them lethargic, like that was bringing the buzz down and became exhausting. This cam mean two bad things, first it could mean that a slow flight means predators could kill them, or they could simply die from “overdosing”. The other problem was that if they flew too quick, the bees wouldn’t be getting enough nutrients for the rest of the colony. This just shows how easy it is for the bee to die from

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