VIRGINIA -

A recent survey shows there is a loss of honey bees in Virginia.

According to the study conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, over the last winter, 32.8% of managed honey bee colonies in Virginia died.

This is higher than the national loss rate, which was 23.2%.

In the survey’s listing, Virginia ranked 20th of the 47 states for the highest percentage of honey bee colonies lost last winter.

Scientists believe the loss is likely caused by poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands, parasites, and exposure to pesticides.