Data from: Neonicotinoid pesticide reduces bumblebee colony growth and queen production

Penelope R. Whitehorn, Stephanie O'Connor, Felix L. Wackers, Dave Goulson, P. R. Whitehorn, S. O'Connor, D. Goulson & F. L. Wackers
Growing evidence for declines in bee populations has caused great concern because of the valuable ecosystem services they provide. Neonicotinoid insecticides have been implicated in these declines because they occur at trace levels in the nectar and pollen of crop plants. We exposed colonies of the bumble bee Bombus terrestris in the laboratory to field-realistic levels of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, then allowed them to develop naturally under field conditions. Treated colonies had a significantly reduced...
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