Insomniac Bees

The Sierra Club did a deep dive into how neonicotinoids impact honey bee sleep. They reached out to 2 Million Blossoms editor and founder Dr. Kirsten S. Traynor.

“You wake up after a long night of tossing and turning. Your eyelids feel like lead. You’re thirsty and muddled and feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack Truck. String a few nights like that together and you become disoriented, walking into rooms and forgetting why or taking a wrong turn en route to the grocery store.

Insomnia weighs heavily on humans, and the same is true of bees. They depend on their circadian rhythms—their natural sleep-wake cycle—and when it’s disrupted they become confused. For a bee, that doesn’t just mean overeating or losing patience with a spouse. It means never making it back to the hive.”