Chronic contact with realistic soil concentrations of imidacloprid affects the mass, immature development speed, and adult longevity of solitary bees



Chronic contact exposure to realistic soil concentrations (0, 7.5, 15, and 100 ppb) of the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid had species- and sex-specific effects on bee adult longevity, immature development speed, and mass. This dataset contains a life table tracking the development, mass, and deaths of a single cohort of Osmia lignaria and Megachile rotundata over the course of two summers. Other data files include files created for multi-event survival analysis to analyze the effect on development speed. Detected effects included: decreased adult longevity for female O. lignaria at the highest concentration, a trend for a hormetic effect on female M. rotundata development speed and mass (longest development time and greatest mass in the 15 ppb treatment), and decreased adult longevity and increased development speed at high imidacloprid concentrations as well as a hormetic effect on mass (lowest in the 15 ppb treatment treatment) on male M. rotundata.
Date made availableMar 6 2019
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • imidacloprid
  • bee
  • habitat restoration
  • neonicotinoid

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