Effect of Neonocotinoids and Biopesticides on the Foraging Behaviour of Honey Bee Apis mellifera L. on Rapeseed


  • Rabiul Islam Oilseed Research Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur
  • Md. Ariful Islam Oilseed Research Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur
  • Krisna Chandra Saha Oilseed Research Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur
  • Hosna Kohinoor Oilseed Research Centre, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur
  • Saleh Adnan Research Horticulturist Entomology, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW 2477




Apis mellifera, foraging, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, spinosad, nimbecidine, spray, hazards, pollination, repellent


The present study is on the effect of neonicotinoids and biopesticides on the foraging behaviour of honey bee Apis mellifera L. on rapeseed (Brassica rapa). Four insecticides and two neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, thiamethoxam) and one bioinsecticide spinosad, and another botanical insecticide nimbicidine were sprayed during peak flowering period and the number of visiting bees on rapeseed flower compared with untreated control. The results revealed that reduction over control was found higher with neonicotinoids i.e., imidacloprid and thiamethoxam treated plots followed by spinosad and the lowest was in nimbecidine treated plots. The order of repellency of insecticides on honey bee foraging were neonicotinoids > spinosad >nimbecidine.


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Islam, R., Ariful Islam, M., Saha, K. C., Kohinoor, H., & Adnan, S. (2023). Effect of Neonocotinoids and Biopesticides on the Foraging Behaviour of Honey Bee <i>Apis mellifera</i> L. on Rapeseed. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(2), 527–529. https://doi.org/10.55446/IJE.2023.1578



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