Published: Aug 29, 2013 5:17 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A major Florida citrus grower has been fined after a state investigation found it illegally sprayed pesticide that caused the death of millions of honeybees.
    
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services fined Ben Hill Griffin Inc. $1,500 last week.
    
The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/VWjxv6 ) reports that beekeepers have argued since at least 2006 that citrus growers have at times illegally sprayed pesticides to kill the Asian citrus psyllid. The tiny insect spreads greening, a lethal and widespread citrus disease that is devastating groves. But beekeepers say their honey-making insects have been killed along with psyllids.
    
A Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Department spokeswoman says the action against Ben Hill Griffin is the first case in recent years where a pesticide application by a grower was determined to be the cause of a bee kill.
    
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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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