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Survey: New Hampshire lost an average 65 percent of beehives

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A first-time survey by the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association shows the state lost an average of 65 percent of its beehives this winter.

The Concord Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/2qzdC9Z ) the survey covered Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31; data collected from 261 sites in 130 towns shows the number of hives dropped from 1,004 to 350.

Beehive loss nationwide has been a particular concern for years since bees are important pollinators of food crops and natural ecosystems. A national survey found that beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies between April 2014 and April 2015.

In the New Hampshire survey, almost 45 percent of the beekeepers who responded reported they didn't know the reason for the decline. Almost 30 percent reported varroa mites, a parasite, as the cause.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com


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