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The EU voted on 29th April 2013 in favour of a partial ban on neonicitinoid pesticides, which have been linked by some studies to the worrying decline in honeybee populations. 15 member states voted for a ban, 4 abstained and 8 countries (including the UK) voted against. The European Commission may be able to implement restrictions before the end of 2013. Honeybees are a vital pollinator of both wild and cultivated plants and some commercial crops depend on honeybees for one third of their pollinators.
Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July. - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July.
Beekeeper looking at the comb of a Honeybee (Apis mellifera) nest. Scotland, UK, May 2010. Model released. - Mark Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Beekeeper looking at the comb of a Honeybee (Apis mellifera) nest. Scotland, UK, May 2010. Model released.
Traditional Bee Hive in wildflower meadow, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, UK - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Traditional Bee Hive in wildflower meadow, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, UK
Close up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Sunflower head (Helianthus annuus) in field of sunflower crops, France - Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Close up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) pollinating Sunflower head (Helianthus annuus) in field of sunflower crops, France
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen from the flower of an apple tree, Germany - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen from the flower of an apple tree, Germany
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} flying to apple blossom, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} flying to apple blossom, UK
European Honey bee (Aphis mellifera) collecting nectar from bean flower. England, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / European Honey bee (Aphis mellifera) collecting nectar from bean flower. England, UK
Worker honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on nectar of Borage (Borago officinalis) flower in conservation margin at RSPB's Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire, UK. May. Did you know? Honeybees can communicate t... - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Worker honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on nectar of Borage (Borago officinalis) flower in conservation margin at RSPB's Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire, UK. May. Did you know? Honeybees can communicate t...
RF- Honey bee worker in flight with full pollen sacs visiting heather flowers. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / RF- Honey bee worker in flight with full pollen sacs visiting heather flowers. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Honey bees (Apis melifera) flying in city. Paris, France - Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Honey bees (Apis melifera) flying in city. Paris, France
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) visiting Grape hyacinth, Sheffield, UK - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) visiting Grape hyacinth, Sheffield, UK
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) collecting nectar from Lavander flower (Lavandula sp), UK, August - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) collecting nectar from Lavander flower (Lavandula sp), UK, August
Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Worker Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sac on back leg
Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Close-up of Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on flower
Honey bee workers {Apis mellifera} flying towards flower, Digital composite, UK. - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey bee workers {Apis mellifera} flying towards flower, Digital composite, UK.
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying towards camera over Crocus flower, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying towards camera over Crocus flower, UK
Honeybee collects pollen from dandelion (Apis mellifora) UK - PREMAPHOTOS
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PREMAPHOTOS / Honeybee collects pollen from dandelion (Apis mellifora) UK
Honey bee [Apis mellifera] worker in flight visiting white clover - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey bee [Apis mellifera] worker in flight visiting white clover
Bee Hive in herb garden with flowering chive plants, Norfolk, UK - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Bee Hive in herb garden with flowering chive plants, Norfolk, UK
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sacs flying towards a Scentless mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) flower in order to feed, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Exhibition. Did... - Fergus Gill / 2020VISION
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Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) with pollen sacs flying towards a Scentless mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) flower in order to feed, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Exhibition. Did...
Honey bee in flight {Apis mellifera} Europe - Hans Christoph Kappel
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Hans Christoph Kappel / Honey bee in flight {Apis mellifera} Europe
Honey bee worker feeds virgin queen {Apis mellifera} UK - John B Free
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John B Free / Honey bee worker feeds virgin queen {Apis mellifera} UK
Close up of honeycomb from Honey bee hive (Apis mellifera) showing hexagonal pattern of cells filled with liquid honey, Qatar, Arabian Gulf, May - John Waters
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John Waters / Close up of honeycomb from Honey bee hive (Apis mellifera) showing hexagonal pattern of cells filled with liquid honey, Qatar, Arabian Gulf, May
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on honeycomb. Scotland, UK, May 2010. - Mark Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on honeycomb. Scotland, UK, May 2010.
Honeybee workers exchanging food - known as trophallaxis (Apis mellifera) Sussex, UK - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Honeybee workers exchanging food - known as trophallaxis (Apis mellifera) Sussex, UK
Close up of European honeybees (Apis mellifera) on beekeepers comb within hive. The queen bee has been marked with a green spot. Cilcain, North Wales, UK - David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Close up of European honeybees (Apis mellifera) on beekeepers comb within hive. The queen bee has been marked with a green spot. Cilcain, North Wales, UK
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} new worker emerging from pupal cell - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} new worker emerging from pupal cell
European Honeybee Queen laying eggs surrounded by workers {Apis mellifera} - Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / European Honeybee Queen laying eggs surrounded by workers {Apis mellifera}
Honey Bee eggs in cells - John B Free
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John B Free / Honey Bee eggs in cells
Honey bee [Apis mellifera] pupa - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey bee [Apis mellifera] pupa
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) adult hatching out of brood cell, Germany. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) adult hatching out of brood cell, Germany.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehives sited on edge of heathland for premium heather honey production, Suffolk, UK, August 2011.  2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehives sited on edge of heathland for premium heather honey production, Suffolk, UK, August 2011. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Two Bee hives in garden meadow, Norfolk, UK, July 2011 - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Two Bee hives in garden meadow, Norfolk, UK, July 2011
Traditional Bee hives in flower meadow, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, UK - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Traditional Bee hives in flower meadow, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, UK
Worker European honey bees (Apis mellifera) entering and leaving hive at a heathland site, Suffolk, UK, August - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Worker European honey bees (Apis mellifera) entering and leaving hive at a heathland site, Suffolk, UK, August
Honey bee {Apis mellifera} landing on alighting board of hive, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee {Apis mellifera} landing on alighting board of hive, UK
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) group of four drinking water, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bees (Apis mellifera) group of four drinking water, UK
Honey bee comb held by beekeeper (Apis mellifera)~Sussex, UK - Simon Colmer
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Simon Colmer / Honey bee comb held by beekeeper (Apis mellifera)~Sussex, UK
Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on new frame in beehive, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honeybees (Apis mellifera) on new frame in beehive, UK
Beekeeper using hive tool to dismantle hive ready to inspect Honey bees (Apis mellifera), Buckinghamshire, England, UK - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Beekeeper using hive tool to dismantle hive ready to inspect Honey bees (Apis mellifera), Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Bee keeper, Richard Emery, attending Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehive at a heathland site, being filmed by Paul and Ryan Edwards, Suffolk, UK, August 2011. - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Bee keeper, Richard Emery, attending Honey bee (Apis mellifera) beehive at a heathland site, being filmed by Paul and Ryan Edwards, Suffolk, UK, August 2011.
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) swarm swarming on fence post, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) swarm swarming on fence post, UK
Honey bee [Apis mellifera] worker in flight with full pollen sacs visiting flowers - Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Honey bee [Apis mellifera] worker in flight with full pollen sacs visiting flowers
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with very tatty, worn wings and dusted with pollen, visiting a Himalayan balsam (Impatients glandulifera) flower. Wiltshire pastureland, UK, September - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with very tatty, worn wings and dusted with pollen, visiting a Himalayan balsam (Impatients glandulifera) flower. Wiltshire pastureland, UK, September
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on fruit tree blossom, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on fruit tree blossom, UK
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Common privet flowers (Ligustrum vulgare), with person in the background, Royal Crescent, Bath, England, UK, June - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Common privet flowers (Ligustrum vulgare), with person in the background, Royal Crescent, Bath, England, UK, June
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight over Ceanothus flowers, UK - Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight over Ceanothus flowers, UK
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