Gallery: One in Three Honeybees Died Last Winter in the US


This past winter was a harsh one – particularly for bees and beekeepers across the United States. A recent survey by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America has shown that one in every three honey bee colonies collapsed this past winter. The staggering 31.1 percent loss is twice the percentage that beekeepers say is “acceptable” to maintain their business.

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below


  1. Johnny French August 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This article is horrible.

    1. The article headline claims that 31% of honeybee colonies didn’t make it through the winter. Reading the article, it’s clear that the 31% figure only applies to managed colonies, and does not reflect wild, unmanaged hives. I would expect that mortality of wild hives would be far higher without such things as sugar supplements added.

    2. “The relatively mild previous winter caused a loss of only 22 percent of bee populations.” The context makes it sound like a 22% loss is perfectly fine, when in fact it is 50% higher than the 15% that beekeepers say is acceptable. So this is not a one year problem as presented, but a problem lasting at least two years and getting worse.

    3. “…the Midwestern drought in the fall, which led to higher usage of pesticides and malnourishment amongst bees…”

    Juxtaposition of unrelated facts. Higher use of pesticides is not directly due to the drought. Malnourishment is related to the drought, which caused diminished nectar flow, thus less stored honey to get through the winter.

    4. ” With the severe losses, beekeepers have been unable to rent out their colonies, or subsidize their income with honey, but instead have been using all of their profits to replace dead colonies.” More juxtaposition of unrelated facts. The fact that they don’t have strong enough hives to rent out or sell honey from, is unrelated to them replacing colonies.

  2. Eddie Lutz July 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Africanized bees are doing fine because they gather pollen from wild, untreated flowers. If you care about bees or plan to raise them, give them an organic diet. Plant clover in your yards. Scatter the seeds everywhere via guerrilla gardening. Let them keep their honey. I wish more people cared, but looking down my street at the uniform, flowerless green lawns, I can see they don’t.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home