The problem of pesticide toxicity to honeybees in Queensland, Australia
K. J. Melksham I , J. Rhodes And N. Jacobsen
An important consideration when using any agricultural chemical is its effect on non-target species. Only about 4% of insects are pests of economic importance and the problem of pesticide toxicity to beneficial insects, particularly pollinators, is world-wide. In Australia, as elsewhere, agricultural pesticides can kill a number of beneficial insects including hover flies (Diptera), ladybirds (Coleoptera), predatory lacewings (Neuroptera), and honeybees and parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera).