Honeybee Deaths
7:15 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Commercial honeybees face many hazards while pollinating crops. Experts say it's a combination of stressors that are causing colony declines across the country.
Credit Cassandra Profita / Northwest News Network

The death and disappearance of  bees is raising questions and concerns from Northwest neighborhoods all the way up to the White House. Some attribute bee declines to the use of certain pesticides – especially after chemicals killed thousands of bees in Oregon. But as EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains, researchers are still trying to determine how much of the nation’s bee problem stems from pesticide exposure.

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Bee Deaths
5:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Penalties In For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year.
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Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued civil penalties to the pesticide company and its employees.

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Pesticide Restriction
5:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Oregon Restricts Pesticides Linked With Thousands Of Bee Deaths

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients to protect bees and other pollinators.
Credit Jon Sullivan / Wikimedia Commons

The restrictions apply to the pesticide ingredients dinotefuran and imidacloprid. Officials say they believe those ingredients killed more than 50,000 bumble bees earlier this year when they were sprayed on trees that have their own natural toxicity.

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Northwest Bee Protection
4:44 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Controversial Insecticides To Carry Clearer Warnings To Protect Bees

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 4:25 pm

Northwest beekeepers are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for requiring certain pesticides to carry a clearer warning label. The idea is to prevent home gardeners and farmers from inadvertently harming beneficial pollinators, like bees.

The EPA directive applies to widely used bug killers, rose and flower treatments, and grub controls. Future product labels will have to carry specific warnings under a picture of a bee.

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Bee Die-Off
4:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Eugene Non-Profit Works to Ban Pesticide Responsible for Major Bee Die-off

Credit Ernie / Wikimedia Commons

An estimated 25,000 bumblebees were found dead in a parking lot in Wilsonville this week. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has confirmed the killer is an insecticide recently sprayed on nearby Linden trees.  In Eugene, an effort is underway to stop the use of the chemical in city parks.

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Losses In Honey Bee Colonies
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Northwest Beekeepers Impatient With Cautious EPA

Scott Butner Flickr

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:53 pm

A swarm of factors is causing heavy losses in honey bee colonies. That's the bottom line of a report issued jointly Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report identifies a parasitic mite as a leading culprit in combination with diseases, poor nutrition, genetics and pesticide exposure. People who care about bees here in the Northwest were underwhelmed.

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Honey Bees
5:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:10 pm

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

"I was doing great until about five weeks ago," he says. "Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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Zombee Bees
5:14 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Newly Detected Parasite Turns Northwest Honey Bees Into 'Zombees'

A "zombie fly" (Apocephalus borealis) lays its eggs inside a honey bee.
San Francisco State University

There's more trouble for your hard-working backyard honey bee. Researchers have confirmed the first cases of "zombee" bees in Washington state and in the Portland area. Infection by a parasite prompts the bees to embark on what's being called a "flight of the living dead."

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Northwest Beekeeping
6:40 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Care To Borrow A Bee?

From her individual cage the queen bee emits pheromones to convert worker bees into her loyal subjects so they don't kill her when she's released into the hive.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

Honeybees have run into some trouble. Diseases, funguses and pesticides are just some of the factors scientists believe may be contributing to the decline of these insects nation-wide. But honeybees play a critical role in pollinating everything from the Washington apple crop to the flowers in your back yard. Ashley Ahearn reports on one booming business that’s bringing bees back to the urban environment. Care to borrow a bee?

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