Indian Journal of Agricultural Research

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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 52 issue 2 (april 2018) : 215-217

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

Gouri Shankar Giri, Babita Bhatt, Pramod Mall, Renu Pandey
1Department of Entomology, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar-263 145, Uttarakhand, India.
Cite article:- Giri Shankar Gouri, Bhatt Babita, Mall Pramod, Pandey Renu (2018). Effect of thiamethoxam on foraging activity and mortality of Apismellifera (L.). Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 52(2): 215-217. doi: 10.18805/IJARe.A-4907.
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.
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