Insecticides taking toll on honeybees

When I first wrote about the mysterious epidemic of honeybee mortality in early 2007, the phenomenon had just been termed colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Scientists were at a loss to explain why bees were wandering away from hives and not returning. Commercial beekeepers have seen average population losses of about 30 percent each year since 2006, and mounting evidence indicates a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids might be at least partially responsible for the phenomenon.

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