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Bee and aster, Isle Royale National Park
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Gardeners would lose a weapon against insects under a measure recently introduced in the Illinois legislature.

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The stakes are high for honeybees.

A survey conducted by the USDA shows apiaries continue to lose nearly one third of hives each year.

That has led some environmental activists to push for further restrictions on a pesticide used to treat seed corn.