*Source: Survey data generated by USDA
Pests and Disease
Honey bees are under attack. Varroa mites, nosema, and viruses are killing honey bee colonies.
Lack of Forage & Nutrition
Lack of a varied diet – due to declining wild spaces and increased monocultures – have led to malnutrition.
Incidental Pesticide Exposure
Use of pesticide and other crop protection products can incidentally expose bees.
Management and selective breeding practices may reduce genetic diversity.