Routes of Pesticide Intoxication for Honeybees
Dear Bee Folk,
Karen McCormack of US EPA has been asked whether honey bees can inhale pesticides from dust particles (see below). My initial guess is that it would take a pretty tiny particle to make much progress through the tracheal system, but that’s a very uneducated guess.
This inspires another question: what are the routes by which honey bees could become intoxicated by pesticides?
Thanks for any help you can provide to Dr. McCormack.
I was asked whether honey bees could inhale pesticides in dust particles. From your research, would you be able to tell if this is possible? Karen McCormack,
US Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Matthew H. Greenstone, Research Entomologist
Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory
Room 214, B-011A, BARC-West
10300 Baltimore Avenue Beltsville, Maryland 20705 USA
Tel: 301 504 5139; Fax: 301 504 5104
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