The mites are most active in winter? Oh really?"Such high colony losses in the summer and year-round remain very troubling," Jeff Pettis, a USDA senior entomologist, said in a statement.
Pettis said on Wednesday that the high summer losses weakened the argument that mites are behind the large losses as the mites are most active in winter.
I think it is more likely the high losses are just on paper, and are caused by government workers who are on drugs. (or are government workers just idiots?)
Didn't Pettis step down/get fired from the USDA last year?