Preliminary survey results from the Bee Informed Partnership ( indicate that 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter.

This represents an increase in loss of 9.2 points or 42% over the previous 2011/2012 winter’s total losses that were estimated at 21.9%.

This level of loss is on par with the 6 year average total loss of 30.5%.