'Bee-safe' pesticide used to replace banned neonics could be accidentally KILLING off the insects

Daily Mail - Science & tech 

A widely used pesticide that had been classified as being'bee-safe' may in fact cause the pollinating insects harm when used in tandem with a common fungicide. The pesticide, flupyradifurone, was touted as a better alternative to the controversial and now-restricted neonicotinoid family of chemicals. But researchers have shown that, under certain conditions, it can render bees sluggish and uncoordinated. With solo pesticide approvals not factoring in how treatments can interact, concerns should be raised over the safety of currently approved pesticides, the experts say. A widely used pesticide that had been classified as being'bee-safe' may in fact cause the pollinating insects harm when used in tandem with a common fungicide, rendering bees sluggish and uncoordinated Much controversy has surrounded the use of neonicotinoid pest sprays - which are commonly dubbed'neonics' - after it was demonstrated that they had harmful impacts on bee populations.