Declining Honeybees

In an alarming trend taking place pretty much across the country, Virginia too is seeing extreme honey bee colony losses.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says a survey from October through April found that nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies in the state died.

Even more alarming, is the fact that the rate here in Virginia, is higher than the national loss figure for the same period. If there is a good side to this story, it’s the fact that the losses for the period were lower than the honey bee deaths recorded over the winter of 2012–13, when they topped 44.6 percent.

A state-by-state survey found that Virginia ranked 20th of the 47 reporting states for the highest percentage of honey bee colony loss over last winter.