Why are half of NJ’s honeybees dying each year?

June 16, 2017

From: NorthJersey.com



Frank Mortimer is a Bergen County beekeeper and President of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association. In this video, filmed at his Upper Saddle River beehives, he talks about his interest in bees and what the stinging insects do in their hives. Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com

Nearly half the honeybees in New Jersey die off each year, significantly outpacing the national average and perplexing scientists, who worry the losses could impact┬áthe state’s agricultural industry.

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There could be many reasons for the deaths, but the consensus is that a parasite that is deadly to honeybees, the varroa destructor, has spread like wildfire throughout the state.

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