Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Summary of results - 2016

2016 Colony Loss Survey Infographic

In a nutshell...

  • Survey participation increased 5-fold.
  • Estimated colony losses for winter 2016 were 9.8%. This is statistically indistinguishable from  2015 estimates.
  • A higher share of hives was lost in the North  Island compared to the South Island.
  • Average loss rates are higher for  non-commercial beekeepers than commercial; however, there is wide variation in individual  loss rates.
  • Colony death, queen problems and wasps  accounted for 87.3% of winter colony losses  in 2016.
  • Hive numbers continue to grow. Evidence competition for apiary sites is growing: 16% of large beekeepers reported that they had sites overtaken or overcrowded or that their apiary sites had reduced floral resources.
  • Most colonies are used for honey production only. Few are used for pollination only. Some are used for both.

Survey participation increased 5-fold
<strong>More: </strong> <a href=>Reporting by Region and Operation</a>
<strong>More: </strong> 
<a href=>Winter losses</a><br>
<a href=>Winter losses attributable to colony death</a><br>
<a href=>Winter losses: Queen problems</a><br>
<a href=>Winter losses: Pests & disease</a><br>
<a href=>Winter losses: Other causes</a><br>
<a href=>Giant willow aphid</a>
<strong>More: </strong> 
<a href=>Colony losses, 2016</a><br>
<a href=>Colony losses, 2015</a><br>
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<a href=>Pollination services and honey harvesting</a>
<strong>More: </strong> 
<a href=>Pollination services and honey harvesting</a>