Spider’s Poison – A Savior For Millions of Bees

Researchers at the University of Newcastle, England, produced a pesticide made up of a poison from an Australian funnel-web spider and snowdrop’s lectine.

The collapse of bee families is a phenomenon when a huge number of bees never find their way back to their baskets.

According to beekeepers in United States, over the past eight years, about 30 percent of bee families have been destroyed.

Bees have a vital role in pollinating, a process essential for nearly a third of world’s crops.

The role of pesticides commonly used is not coherent. Other factors, such as climate change, parasites and insufficient nutrition for reducing fodder plants are likely to play a role.

However, a study showed that the exposure of bees to the non-lethal dose of neonicotinoid, a substance containing many pesticides, leads to the collapse of bee families.

Neonocytinoids have a detrimental effect on the ability of bees to study. As well as memory, which leads to the inability of bees to communicate with the baskets.

Researchers from Newcastle exposed them to various doses of this new pesticide within seven days. Doing memory tests and noticing behavioral changes in the process.

Findings have shown that there is very little chance that the pesticide will cause any harmful effects on the bees.

Previous tests have shown that the pesticide is safe for larger animals.

Which means it has real potential and is a safer alternative to the pesticides currently in the market, researchers say.