Honey bee Winter mortality 2012-2014 - Epilobee analysis

Honey bee Winter mortality 2012-2014 - Epilobee analysis

About the project

Faced with the need for comparable data in each country, as well as common methods for measuring bee colony mortality, ANSES, the European Reference Lab for honey bee health, was mandated to coordinate EPILOBEE, a programme for the active surveillance of bee colony mortality, co-funded by the European Commission and the Member States, and implemented in 17 Member States. For two years (from autumn 2012 to summer 2014), a large quantity of data was collected on bee colony mortality, the presence of the main infectious and parasitic diseases, and the associated risk factors. 

EPILOBEE was the first active epidemiological surveillance program implemented following a harmonised protocol based on the EU reference laboratory guidelines. EFSA requested a statistical analysis on the EPILOBEE dataset to establish associations between colony mortalities and some factors including disease prevalence, the context of beekeeping and the apiary geographical distribution. The data set published is the result of the data cleaning and categorization performed on the EPILOBEE original dataset regarding winter mortality. The dataset comprises 4758 observations from apiaries across Europe.


Data providers, that participated in the project.

About shared data

Total number of data points shared: 4,778

Apiary Population

How many colonies does individual apiary have?

Total number of colonies

How many colonies does the beekeeper have?

Winter mortality

Percent of Bee mortality during Winter.

Winter mortality

Per cent of Bee mortality during Winter.