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Honey bee population declining including in CT

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Connecticut group looks into the decline in honey bee colonies throughout the state. (WFSB) Connecticut group looks into the decline in honey bee colonies throughout the state. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Honey bees are dying rapidly and experts said Connecticut is faring worse than most of the rest of the nation.

Eyewitness News talked with Steve Dinsmore, who is the president of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association. His group looks into the decline in honey bee colonies throughout the state.

Dinsmore said people should be equally as concerned about the honey bee population dying in great numbers. He added honeybees are a vital part of our agriculture because they pollinate the crops we eat each day.

Preliminary national survey shows 44% of honey bee colonies were lost in the past year, April 2015-April 2016, which is a 3.5 percent decrease from the previous year.

Dinsmore said data shows the number in Connecticut is closer to 51 percent, the year before it was 57 percent.

Aside from winter loss, disease-carrying varroa mites and a specific set of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are believed to responsible for many of the honey bee deaths.

State lawmakers said they took notice. Last week, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law to protect local bees by restricting use of certain insecticides and protecting bee habitats.

The beekeepers association has its own grassroots effort underway.

“We're trying to raise funds, so we can train people to raise queens,” Dinsmore said.

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