How the sound insects make has been altered by pesticides

Monitoring the bees with microphones, British researchers found neonicotinoid pesticides affect 'buzz pollination' – the vibrations used by the stripy insects to explode pollen out of flowers.

It is one of the most soothing sounds in the English countryside.But the buzzing of bumblebees as they fly from flower to flower has been altered by pesticides, making it harder for them to collect pollen.Monitoring the bees with microphones, British researchers found neonicotinoid pesticides affect 'buzz pollination' – the vibrations used by the stripy insects to explode pollen out of flowers.Those exposed to the chemicals collected around half the amount of pollen.The study's lead author, D...