Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics
So it turns out that feeding bees insecticide is more likely to kill them than not feeding them insecticide. Fascinating I guess, although I don't see this information as anything new or particularly useful.
If I were to propose my own study, I think it would be more useful to study neonicotinoid concentration in honey prior to winter, followed by winter/spring loss rates of the same hives and looking for a statistically-significant correlation. Feeding the insecticide to the bees is right out; rather, placement of colonies in a variety of locations, including some in proximity to operations using neonicotinoids normally, should do the trick.
Beeless since 2012; coming back in 2014. Suffering from apicultural withdrawal!