Bees are being kept awake at night by pesticides used to protect crops from insects — and this is lowering their survival rates, a study has warned. Researchers from Bristol warned that — just like us humans — the vital pollinators need a good night’s rest in order to function properly. However, exposure to so-called neonicotinoids — the worlds’ most commonly used insecticide — has the potential to disrupt the bees’ circadian rhythms. This causes the insects to lose their sense of time and, as a result, they get poor sleep and their ability to communicate and navigate both suffer. Experts found that neonicotinoids reduced the quality rest of both bumblebees and fruit flies — shedding new light on why the former are vanishing from the wild. Bees are being kept awake at night by pesticides used to protect crops from insects — and this is lowering their survival rates, a study has warned. Pictured, honey bees (stock image) ‘The neonicotinoids we tested had a big effect on the amount of sleep taken by both flies and bees,’ said paper author Kiah Tasman of the University of Bristol. ‘If an insect was exposed to a similar amount as it might experience… Read full this story
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