Colony losses in North America have reached record highs over the past winter (2018-2019) due to many factors.
Extreme weather conditions in North America have had a dramatic effect on the bee population this past winter.
The annual colony losses in North America this winter rose to 37.7%. This is the highest since records started 13 years ago.
However, cold winters are not the only problem that North American beekeepers (and their bees) face. Pesticides, fungicides, pollination over-work, long-distance trucking, bush fires in California, mono-floral environments as well as varroa all play their part.
This Washington Post article makes interesting reading and opens our eyes to the different challenges faced by beekeepers in other countries.
Other related blogs you may find interesting are: https://www.hiveworld.co.nz/pesticides-off-the-shelves/