Health Canada will be phasing out a pesticide that sickens bees over the next couple of years.
Cape Breton bees are asleep for the winter, curled in barely-moving balls around their queens, keeping the winged royals warm so that when they wake in the spring they’ll be strong enough to start a new generation.
They may awaken to a friendlier environment.
Over the next three to five years, Health Canada is phasing out imidacloprid, a pesticide widely available to farmers and homeowners. A member of the neonicotinoid family, imidacloprid kills insects such as aphids on numerous crops, including soy, corn, and blueberries.