According to a new survey of America’s beekeepers, almost a third of the country’s honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.
Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.
“They can’t generate heat very well in the spring to rear brood. They can’t generate heat to fly,” he says.
Farmers who grow crops like almonds, blueberries and apples rely on commercial beekeepers to make sure their crops get pollinated.
But the number of honeybees has now dwindled to the point where there may not be enough to pollinate those crops.