YourIs.com, Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees
The Italian Agriculture Ministry suspended the use of pesticides containing clothianidin, thiametoxam and imidacloprid for the coating of any plant seeds (May '09).
Tens of thousands of them don’t even manage to get back to their apiary. Disoriented, they lose the way home and die. Others just drop dead after sucking the tiniest amount of dew exuded by maize leaves if the plants have been absorbing neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that Italy has temporarily banned as seed coating in September last year for their “possible connection to the colony collapse of bees”.