Bee Colony Loss May Lessen If Beekeepers Treat For Varroa Mites, Survey Shows

honey bee2A survey on honey bee colony loss by the Bee Informed Partnership, along with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealed that U.S. beekeepers lost more than a fifth of honey bee colonies this past winter — fewer than the winter before. However, beekeepers who tracked the health of their bees year-round reported year-to-year losses of more than one in three colonies between spring 2013 and spring 2014.

Research shows there are fewer losses among beekeepers who carefully treat their hives to control a lethal parasite called the Varroa mite. Read the full article on Entomology Today’s website.

Source: Entomology Today

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