Wisconsin’s Bee Problem

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Close-up photo of a Western Honey Bee gathering nectar and spreading pollen on a young Autumn Sun Coneflower (Rudbeckia nitida). ** Note: Shallow depth of field ** Note: Visible grain at 100%, best at smaller sizes

As reported by Urban Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a bee problem.

The state’s honeybee colony die-off rates, among the highest in the nation, last year were around 60 percent. Beekeeper surveys show 15 percent is generally considered to be an acceptable loss rate.

Wisconsin pollinator populations have been declining for years, endangering the growth of apples, cranberries, cherries and many other fruits and vegetables that rely on bees, butterflies and other pollinators to fertilize them, helping them produce seeds and fruit.

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