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Beehives lost to chemical poisoning at Dalby | Queensland Country Life



Agricultural chemicals have been blamed for mass bee deaths in Dalby, after numerous hives across the town were lost last week.

For pensioner Peter Donohoe, it is the third time his hives have been hit in less than two months.

On Christmas Day Mr Donohoe discovered that the 45 hives he had on a property east of Dalby had been struck.

“I lost about 60 per cent of the bee populations and had a loss of 10 hives out of 45,” he said.

Testing conducted from that first incident revealed the killer was the pesticide Fipronil.

More deaths occurred on Australia Day and after that Mr Donohoe arranged to move his hives to land owned by the Western Downs Regional Council on the southern edge of town.

“We were trying to reestablish the hives,…

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