An Associated Press (AP) Climate Report: Nearly half of US honeybee colonies died last year. Struggling beekeepers stabilize population
Nearly half of US honeybee colonies died last year. Struggling beekeepers stabilize population.
By Seth Borenstein, June 22, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s honeybee hives just staggered through the second highest death rate on record, with beekeepers losing nearly half of their managed colonies, an annual bee survey found.
But using costly and Herculean measures to create new colonies, beekeepers are somehow keeping afloat. Thursday’s University of Maryland and Auburn University survey found that even though 48% of colonies were lost in the year that ended April 1, the number of United States honeybee colonies “remained relatively stable.”