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Data from: The survival and growth of honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies overwintered in cold storage: the effects of time and colony location

posted on 2024-02-15, 17:47 authored by Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Vanessa Corby-Harris, Henry Graham, Emily Watkins-deJong, Mona Chambers, Lucy Snyder

The data provided is from a study on overwintering honey bee colonies using cold storage. Colonies were summered in two different geographic regions of the USA: South Texas and North Dakota. Colonies summered in North Dakota were placed in cold storage in either October or November of 2019. Placement in cold storage of hives summered in South Texas happened in November of 2019. A second set of colonies overwintered in south Texas. All sets of colonies were evaluated and sampled prior to and after cold storage and again after almond bloom in 2020. Colonies overwintered in South Texas were evaluated during the same periods as those in cold storage. Data are provided for frames of bees and brood pre and post cold storage as well as after almond bloom. The data included in the two files shows: bee frame counts, mite counts and brood counts. Lab data provided shows fat body weight as well as protein and lipid concentrations in worker bees pre and post cold storage /overwintering.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: Colony Evaluations Pre and Post Cold Storage File Name: colony sizes.xlsx Resource Description: The data shows the colony evaluations including frames of brood, frames of bees, and pre treatment mite counts pre and post cold storage.

  • Resource Title: Protein and Lipid Concentrations of Honey Bees Colonies Pre and Post Cold Storage File Name: fat body col sizes and analysis.xlsx Resource Description: The data shows the pre and post cold storage colony lipid and protein concentrations. Data also shows the average number frames of bees, brood and mite counts associated with these treatments.


USDA-ARS: 2022-21000-022-057-I

USDA-APHIS: 2022-21000-018-33-I


Data contact name

Brown, Nicholas

Data contact email


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Intended use

Data may be used to look at honey bee colony metrics pertaining to overwintering in a cold storage unit. Timing of placing colonies into the cold storage unit and summer location can be compared to look at colony health exiting cold storage and in preparation for late winter pollination.

Temporal Extent Start Date


Temporal Extent End Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

Baldwin, North Dakota (apiary) and Alvin, Texas (apiary) and Filer, Idaho (cold storage location) and Madera, California (almond pollination post cold storage)

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment
  • farming

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

honey bees; Apidae; cold storage; overwintering; honey bee colonies; mites; lipids; Texas; North Dakota; California; Idaho

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 305

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

DeGrandi-Hoffman, Gloria; Corby-Harris, Vanessa; Graham, Henry; Watkins-deJong, Emily; Chambers, Mona; Snyder, Lucy (2023). Data from: The survival and growth of honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies overwintered in cold storage: the effects of time and colony location. Ag Data Commons.

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