Weight and diet

The weight of an individual is an important factor influencing the LD50 and it is often negatively correlated with toxin susceptibility. Food deprivation can increase the susceptibility of individuals to toxins, with the protein content of the diet being of particular influence (Zbinden and Flury-Roversi, 1981). For honey bees, the amount and quality of pollen ingested in the first days of life can affect the pesticide susceptibility of young and older worker bees independently of their weight (Wahl and Ulm, 1983).