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Honeybee Colony Loss

2018-2019 Colony Loss Highest Since 2006

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) recently conducted the 13th annual survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the United States. During the 2018-2019 winter an estimated 37.7% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost. This loss represents an increase of 7 percentage points compared to last year (30.7%), and an increase of 8.9 percentage points compared to the 13-year average winter colony loss rate of 28.8%. This year’s estimate is the highest level of winter losses reported since the survey began in 2006-2007.