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In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered

Rusty patched bumble bee.

Rusty patched bumble bee.

Photo Courtesy of Christy Stewart.

 

January 10, 2017

 

Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States--and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states--to be declared endangered.

 

The endangered designation is made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act for species that are in danger of becoming extinct throughout all or a portion of their range. Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius said, “Our top priority is to act quickly to prevent extinction of the rusty patched bumble bee. Listing the bee as endangered will help us mobilize partners and focus resources on finding ways right now to stop the decline.”

 

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Last updated: April 4, 2017