Insects

Bees
8:31 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Penalties Of $2,800 For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) in the Mt. Hood National Forest during summer 2013.
Credit Rich Hatfield, Xerces Society

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued civil penalties to the pesticide company and its employees.

$2,886. That’s how much pesticide company Collier Arbor Care and four of its employees will pay for bumblebee kills.

The most notable incident killed 50,000 bumblebees in Wilsonville, Ore. Collier employees incorrectly applied a pesticide to blooming linden trees.

The fine also includes a smaller incident in downtown Portland.

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Insects
6:35 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Stink Bug Spread Alarms Growers, Scientists

Invasive stink bug on an olive branch in the Willamette Valley
Credit Tom Banse

A malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest (or Western) farmers and gardeners. The name of this insect is a mouthful: the brown marmorated stink bug. Researchers say the population really seems to have taken off this year. With the approach of winter, these stink bugs are leaving the fields and may just crawl into your home.

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