By Alex Watkins
MASSIVE numbers of bees are dying in Andalucía and the Valencia and Murcia regions, warns environmental organisation Greenpeace.
However, more than 70% of the main crops in Spain depend on pollinating insects, they note.
Greenpeace España has joined forces with beekeepers to denounce the use of pesticides that poison these insects, while stone fruit trees – primarily nectarines and peaches – are blossoming.
Over the last few weeks, beekeepers have found hives full of dead bees and colonies with practically no activity.