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Officially endangered: the rusty-patched bumble bee

It’s official: the US Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the rusty-patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, as an endangered species. This bee, in the family Apidae, is the first insect from the continental United States to make the list. Last year, seven species of Hylaeus were the first bees to make the list, but they […] Read more

Native bees are disappearing across the globe

Last week someone said to me, “Native bees don’t get colony collapse disorder, so it’s hard to believe they’re in trouble too.” Unfortunately, native bees are in trouble—and not just in the United States. Wild and native bees the world over are declining in numbers or disappearing completely. While it is true that native bees […] Read more

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