The bees are in trouble. The loss rate on beehives continues to be much higher than sustainable. See the chart below. To keep bees sustainably it requires splitting hives and putting up swarm traps to keep the hive count high. Keeping one hive year round is much more difficult than keeping two.
I am going to publish several blog articles on this issue this year focusing on
- Varroa mites,
- Drought and poor nutrition,
- Queen Failure
- and other issues
I will announce new articles on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/superbeerescue/ as I create them.