At least 25,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon parking lot

June 21, 2013 7:46 AM

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At least 25,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon parking lot

Thousands of dead and dying bees have been found in the parking lot of a shopping center in Wilsonville, Ore., southwest of Portland. Oregon officials say their preliminary investigation indicates blooming trees in the lot were recently sprayed with an insecticide known to be toxic to bees.

Rich Hatfield, a biologist with the Portland-based Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation estimates at least 25,000 bumble bees have been killed. Shoppers called Hatfield on Monday to report the carnage, the Xerces Society said in a statement. The bees were clustered under dozens of linden tre...

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