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We have had quite a few questions about DE an Bees. This is why we specifically state "It is not recommended to use on flowers or flowering plants. Example, Once your tomato plants begin to flower, use only on the stem and soil surrounding the plant."
~Here is an excerpt from Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-To Tips page 65 concerning Diatomaceous Earth and bees.
"When Diatomaceous Earth is applied to crops or orchards, the honey bee tends to protect themselves by simply avoiding those blossoms already treated with DE. However, if DE does get on a bee's body, it is covered with slick hairs that are able to help prevent dehydration of body fluids.
Then the bee simply vibrates its wings to remove the dust and protect itself. However, should a bee get enough DE on it to cause death, he's the only insect that dies. Even if he makes it back to the hive, he does not contaminate the colony, as DE is not a chemical toxin."
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