For the first time in North America, a species of bumblebee has been declared “endangered.”
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, a species that was once abundant in 28 states, has been declared endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
According to the press release issued by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service:
The rusty patched bumble bee once lived in grasslands and prairies of the Upper Midwest and Northeast, but many of those areas are gone. The bee gathers pollen and nectar from a variety of flowering plants. It emerges in early spring and is one of the last bumble bee species to go into hibernation in the fall. Because it is active so long, it needs a constant supply of flowers blooming from April through September.
The new designation is a bad sign for humanity, as bumblebees are a major pollinator. The pollination performed by bumblebees is essential for plants to grow and thrive.
It’s not all Bumblebees that are endangered, just the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, but this doesn’t bode well for the rest of the pollinating bees, or humanity in general.
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