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Fact Sheet: Survey of Bee Losses During Winter of 2012/2013

By Kim Kaplan

Total losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 31.1 percent from all causes for the 2012/2013 winter, according to preliminary results of the annual survey (published May 2013) conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When the full paper was published in February 2014, total winter losses of U.S. managed colonies were refined to 30.6 percent for the 2012/2013.