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The stingless bee species, Scaptotrigona aff. Depilis, as a potential indicator of environmental pesticide contamination

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Neonicotinoids have the potential to enter the diet of pollinators that collect resources from contaminated plants. The species Scaptotrigona aff. depilis (Moure, 1942) can be a useful indicator of the prevalence of these chemicals in the environment. Using high‐performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry, the authors devised a protocol for neonicotinoid residue extraction and detected the presence of neonicotinoids in the bee bodies. Thus, the authors consider this species to be a potential indicator of environmental contamination. Environ Toxicol Chem 2015;9999:1–3. © 2015 SETAC

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