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August 18, 2020 - The Local.it

'Truly inexplicable': Why did four million bees die overnight in northern Italy?

'Truly inexplicable': Why did four million bees die overnight in northern Italy?
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Italian agricultural experts are investigating the mysterious deaths overnight of millions of bees in the northern region of Lombardy.

Officials are urgently trying to trace the cause of the unexplained death of around four million bees in a roughly six-kilometre area between Brescia and Cremona, reports Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

Some 130 families of bees died between the evening of August 7th and the morning of August 8th, in what agricultural association Coldiretti described as a "catastrophe" given the importance of the pollinating insects to biodiversity.

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