Crall, James D, Switzer, Callin M, Oppenheimer, Robert L, Ford Versypt, Ashlee N, Dey, Biswadip, Brown, Andrea, Eyster, Mackay, Guerin, Claire, Pierce, Naomi E, Combes, Stacey A, & de Bivort, Benjamin L, "Neonicotinoid exposure disrupts bumblebee nest behavior, social networks, and thermoregulation," Science, 2018, 362(6415), 683-686. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat1598.
Neonicotinoid pesticides can negatively affect bee colonies, but the behavioral mechanisms by which these compounds impair colony growth remain unclear. Here, we investigate imidacloprid's effects on bumblebee worker behavior within the nest, using an automated, robotic platform for continuous, multicolony monitoring of uniquely identified workers. We find that exposure to field-realistic levels of imidaclo... Read more