More ‘murder hornets’ found in B.C., Washington

Findings suggest some were able to overwinter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters/Staff — Officials in British Columbia and Washington state have confirmed new sightings of the Asian giant hornet, dubbed the “murder hornet,” indicating the invasive, predatory insect survived the winter in the Vancouver area and U.S. Pacific Northwest. The stinging hornet, whose queens can grow as large as 2-1/2 inches in length, could potentially pose […] Read more

Using a system called bee vectoring, the insects will deliver a fungus called Clonostachys rosea to prevent disease in a wide variety of crops.

Bees approved to deliver disease control

Ontario technology gets U.S. approval for bio-fungus delivery by bees

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Thirty years is a long time to wait. For John Sutton, the wait has been worth it because his novel idea from the late 1980s is finally coming to market. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a Canadian technology that uses bees to deliver a bio-control fungus that protects plants […] Read more

An artist’s rendering of the new bee research centre.

University of Guelph creates bee research centre

Reading Time: < 1 minute The University of Guelph is expanding its pollinator health and conservation program into North America’s first one-stop shop for honey bee research, education and outreach. The university is planning a $12-million facility aimed at helping understand the stressors affecting honey bees and other pollinators. A recent gift from the Riviere Charitable Foundation will cover a […] Read more

Workers pause for a photo at Dancing Bee during a recent workday. They include Malcolm McColl, left, Edwin Newman-Jones, Travis Hill, Bill McKee, Cassandra Macklem, Jennifer Steedes, David Cressman, Todd Kalisz, John MacFarlane and Ibi Tatar.

Beekeeper makes a big bet on bees

Dancing Bee is a rapidly growing supplier of all things honey. Here’s how they got there

Reading Time: 5 minutes For more than a decade, Todd Kalisz’s adaptability and business sense has meant success for his Dancing Bee Equipment in Canton. But the business, already the largest beekeeping supplier in Canada, is taking its next leap, growing hive numbers and honey processing capacity. Why it matters: Honey bee producer numbers are growing across Canada, and […] Read more

Mike Donnelly-Vanderloo, right, explains the family’s Operation Pollinator plot to tour participants on July 3 near Thorndale.

Pollinator plots open eyes and create conversations

Sixty plots will be established at the edges of farms after two years of the program

Reading Time: 4 minutes Across Ontario’s farm country over the past two years, small patches of fields have been transformed into a mix of flowering plants ideal for attracting bees and other insects and birds, as part of Operation Pollinator. There’s no confirmation on whether the global agricultural input company that created and supported the project, Syngenta, will continue […] Read more


Health Canada has released its final decision on neonic insecticides and their potential impact on bees and other pollinators. The department will take several steps to reduce the risk to bees, but neonic seed treatments will not be affected.

Neonic seed treatments seen as safe for bees

Health Canada ruling yet to come on safety for aquatic insects

Reading Time: 2 minutes For years, groups like the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ontario Beekeepers Association have argued that neonicotinoid seed treatments represent a systemic threat to bees. “Health Canada… will be cancelling some uses of these pesticides, and changing other conditions of use such as restricting the timing of application,” a department news release said. “Remaining uses […] Read more

Jack Gray and Rachel Parkinson study locusts in their lab at the University of Saskatchewan.

Canadian neonic, metabolite research shows insecticide effect on insect navigation

Locusts in wind tunnels exposed to neonics lost their ability to move themselves where they wanted

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drunk drivers are more likely to get in an accident because the alcohol in their blood impairs vision and delays reaction time. University of Saskatchewan biologists have identified a comparable phenomenon in locusts, when the insects are exposed to a small dose of insecticide. Why it matters: Farmers require a wide range of pesticides to […] Read more

Neonic-treated canola not an ‘unacceptable risk’ for pollinators

Reading Time: 4 minutes Already facing federally mandated phase-outs from many major on-farm uses in Canada over risks to aquatic insects, neonicotinoids aren’t expected to pose “unacceptable risks” to pollinators when used on canola seed or hothouse vegetables in the meantime. Health Canada said as much Thursday as it released its final re-evaluation decisions for three neonic pesticides — […] Read more


EU nations back ban on all outdoor neonic use

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries backed a proposal on Friday to ban all use outdoors of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that studies have shown can harm bees. The ban, championed by environmental activists, covers the use of three active substances — imidacloprid, developed by Bayer CropScience; clothianidin, developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and […] Read more

Two neonics set for three-year extensions on registration

Reading Time: 3 minutes Health Canada’s pesticide regulator proposes to allow continued registration for two members of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, both of which are under heavy scrutiny for their effects on bees and other pollinators. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency on Tuesday issued proposed decisions on clothianidin and thiamethoxam that would extend the products’ existing conditional registrations […] Read more