The problem of pesticide toxicity to honeybees in Queensland, Australia

publication date: Jul 15, 2011
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Bee World Vol.66 (4) 1985 pp. 140-147
Article Title

The problem of pesticide toxicity to honeybees in Queensland, Australia

Author(s)

K. J. Melksham I , J. Rhodes And N. Jacobsen

Abstract

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).

Keywords pesticides, toxicity, honeybees, Australia
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