Increase in bee deaths this year could be from climate change

In Southwest Farm Press

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the scientist leading an annual survey on the insects.

U.S. beekeepers said 40% of their hives, also called colonies, died unexpectedly during the year that ended March 31, according to a survey released Wednesday by researchers from Auburn University and the University of Maryland. That’s up from 33% a year earlier. Continue reading

Survey shows continued honey bee colony loss in Virginia

From Southeast Farm Press

Over last winter (between October 2013 and April 2014), 32.8 percent of managed honey bee colonies in Virginia died, according to the 8th annual  national survey of honey bee colony losses conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP).

This is higher than the national loss rate of 23.2 percent during the same period, but lower than Virginia’s previous winter loss of 44.6 percent over the winter of 2012-2013.

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