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Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

By The News · 22 of June 2019 08:38:27
AP Photo,, No available, In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, a man holds a frame removed from a hive box covered with honey bees in Lansing, Mich. According to the results of an annual survey of beekeepers released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, winter hit America’s honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of beekeeper shows that winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet.

The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership from several universities finds that nearly 38% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss.

University of Maryland’s Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the bee partnership and co-author of the survey, says beekeepers had been seeing fewer winter colony losses until now.

He calls Wednesday’s results troubling.

Bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. food crops. One-third of the human diet comes from pollinators.

For more than a decade, bees have been in trouble with scientists blaming mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of food.