- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A Purdue University honeybee specialist says Indiana’s bee populations weathered the state’s recent cold winter in much better shape than they did a year ago.

Purdue entomologist Greg Hunt says that after last year’s brutally cold and snowy winter, Indiana’s beekeepers discovered that about two-thirds of their honeybees had perished.

But Hunt says his research and discussions with Hoosier beekeepers suggests about 30 percent of Indiana’s honeybees died over the winter. He says that’s “much better” than last year, but Indiana’s bees still face several significant threats.

Those include insecticides used on corn and soybean seeds that are tied to bee deaths, and parasitic mites that transmit viruses and destroy an entire colony.

Honeybees are essential to agriculture because they pollinate food plants such as fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide