Beekeepers across the U.S. report that their colonies have rebounded from the losses suffered last year.
While the deadly 2018-2019 winter season saw a record 37.7% of the colonies die off, there was only a 22.2% loss last winter, the smallest in the last 14 years. But losses had continued through the summer of 2019, when beekeepers reported a 32% death rate — much higher than the average for summer losses.
Honeybees are threatened by mites, diseases, pesticides and climate change, which experts say are part of the new normal the bee industry must cope with.
Swarms of desert locusts have invaded a suburb of New Delhi for the first time in recorded history, prompting residents to bang pots and pans to ward off the insects.
Neighboring Pakistan has battled infestations for weeks. But since the insects arrived between the last harvest and the next planting season, there have so far not been any reports of significant crop losses.
A new generation of the ravenous insects is now devastating crops that are emerging in East Africa.