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A common soil pesticide cut wild bee reproduction by 89% – here's why scientists are worried

By Philip Donkersley, Senior Research Associate in Entomology, Lancaster University
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When you think of bees, a hive humming with activity probably comes to mind. But most of the world’s 20,000 bee species don’t call a hive home. These wild species lead solitary lives instead, and around 70% of them build nests underground where they raise their offspring on the nectar they gather from flowers.

Incredibly, almost all scientific understanding of how pesticides affect bees has came from testing domesticated honeybees,…


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