Highest Loss of Honeybees Ever Recorded Last Year, Survey Shows

Last year, an annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership showed the highest loss of honeybees ever recorded.

Beekeepers in the US saw more than 40% of their colonies die off over the last year.

Winter losses were at 37.7%, the highest winter loss reported since the survey began more than a decade ago.

The results show beekeepers lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019.

Honeybee health is critical to food production and supply.

There are several things killing honeybees like pesticides and land lacking the necessary pollen sources, but Varroa destructor is the number one killer. The parasitic mites spread easily from colony to colony. They feed off the bees and pass on viruses that are killing off huge numbers of honeybees.

 

 

Photo: “Honey Bee and Bidens Alba” by Bob Peterson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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