First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered

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(The “Rusty Patched Bumblebee, the first officially listed as endangered bumblebee species in the U.S.)

For the first time in the history of the world, a bumblebee in the United States of America has been considered officially endangered. The rusty patched bumblebee (scientific name Bombus affinis) used to be all over the place in America but now their numbers are dropping-FAST! They used to be in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Now all of a sudden, the species just dropped by 90 percent. The main reasons for the bee species dropping are the usual: loss of habitat, sickness and parasites, pesticides (bug spray), and climate change. There have been other U.S. bees that are endangered but they have not been officially listed. The first bee to receive protection (thanks to the Endangered Species Act) is the Hawaiian yellow-faced bee.

There are pros and cons to this. They are other living animals and we should help them too. “The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States.” I chose this article because people need to know what’s going on with bees. If bees go extinct our food will deplete and helpless animals will die. But if we let them die we will suffer less and fewer people will die. Either don’t care or try to get bee population up.

By Ignacio 4L

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1 Response to First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered

  1. bcox says:

    Nice article, Ignacio. I think you’re right, we humans really should pay more attention to what is happening to bees.

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