"Honeybees could be on their way back, according to a new federal report.
The collapse of bee populations around the country in recent years has led to warnings of a crisis in foods grown with the help of pollination. Over the past eight years, beekeepers have reported losses over the winter of nearly 30 percent of their bees on average.
The new survey, published on Thursday, found that the loss of managed honeybee colonies from all causes has dropped to 23.2 percent nationwide over the winter that just ended, down from 30.5 percent the year before. Losses reported by some individual beekeepers were even higher. Colony losses reached a peak of 36 percent in 2007 to 2008."
John Schwartz reports for the New York Times May 15, 2014.