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The warm Fall of 2017 was prolonged, possibly causing bees to consume potential winter stores of pollen and honey, and continue late brood rearing which contributed to elevated varroa levels. After the initial below normal temperatures of December, many hives did look good in February. Poor weather occurred in March and April, many hives then failed to progress and although they survived, hive populations dwindled and they were severely weakened by the end of April.
332 Non-migratory beekeepers reported, from 57 of 62 counties in New York State

2397- Total number of bee colonies in December 2017; average of 7 hives per beekeeper

1558- Total number of bee colonies in April 2018; average of 5 hives per beekeeper

35%- Average loss of colonies during the winter of 2017-2018 (total 839 hives lost).

The loss for the Winter of 2016-2017 was 48%
2015-2016 was 24%
2014-2015 was 28%
2013-2014 was 48%.

27% of 2018 respondents had zero winter loss.
For the Winter of 2016-2017, 32% of respondents had zero loss.
For the Winter of 2014-2015, 15.7% of respondents had zero loss.


Beekeepers overwintering nucleus colonies- (16% of respondents) had 50% Loss of overwintered nucs

Region NYS Western N Central S Central Central Northern Eastern S East NYC Metro
% loss 35 36 48 29 32 55 32 32 41
Av # hives Dec 7 6 4 8 10 3 4 13 7
Av # Hives April 5 4 2 6 7 1 3 9 4
# of Respondents 332 83 41 40 48 14 34 34 38

Regional results - see above link