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Julie Rittenhouse, of Rittenhouse Bee Farm in Hawick, adds hives to a colony Thursday west of New London. Mites and colony collapse disorder, which have been plaguing honey producers around the country, caused a 40 percent loss in the bee population over the winter at the bee farm. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Mites and disease a challenge for local beekeepers


NEW LONDON -- A swarm of honey bees swirled aggressively Thursday around Julie Rittenhouse and Brice Hartman as they set a new stack of hives in a clover field west of New London.

The bees from the established colonies were a little excited, Rittenhouse said, because the new hives they were unloading from the flatbed truck were sticky with honey.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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