Effect of thiamethoxam on foraging activity and mortality of Apis mellifera (L.)

DOI: 10.18805/IJARe.A-4907    | Article Id: A-4907 | Page : 215-217
Citation :- Effect of thiamethoxam on foraging activity and mortality of Apismellifera (L.).Indian Journal Of Agricultural Research.2018.(52):215-217
Gouri Shankar Giri, Babita Bhatt, Pramod Mall and Renu Pandey riinnku.24@gmail.com
Address : Department of Entomology, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar-263 145, Uttarakhand, India.
Submitted Date : 18-09-2017
Accepted Date : 27-01-2018


Thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid commonly used for its high selective toxicity to insects, is one of the most commonly used pesticides. However, its effect on beneficial insects such as the honeybee Apis mellifera L is still controversial. As young adult workers perform out-hive duties that are crucial for colony development and survival, the effect of sublethal doses of thiamethoxam on honeybee foraging activity and mortality was assessed. Thiamethoxam had a negative impact on foraging activity and cause mortality of honey bees for a period of three to four days following the spraying in field condition.


Foraging activity Honey bee Mortality Neonicotinoid Thiamethoxam.


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