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Bumblebee become extinct species

Bumblebee become extinct species

Most of the remaining populations are small and isolated, a problem that could speed the bee's demise. The reduction is believed to be caused by a combination of habitat loss, disease, pesticide use, climate change and an extremely small population size.

Neonicotinoids are a group of insecticides used widely on farms and in urban landscapes for flowers and gardens. Flooding can reduce nesting options, and over-heating due to rising temperatures further stresses the bees making them more susceptible to parasites. Other species of bee have greatly reduced in population over the last 20 years. Bumblebees are important pollinators for berries, vegetables, clover and native flowering plants.

Notable for the rust-colored marking on its back section, the rusty patched bumblebee buzzed across the East Coast and much of the Midwest in high numbers as recently as the 1990s.

The population of the rusty patched bumble bee has plummeted by an estimated 90 percent in only two decades, shrinking from 28 states in the upper Midwest and Northeast, plus the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces, to just 13 states and Ontario.

A University of North Carolina at Charlotte Biology Professor is raising concern over a bumble bee now placed on the endangered species list.

The final rule listing the insect as an endangered species will appear in the Federal Register on January 11 and takes effect from February 10. Xerces and NRDC filed a lawsuit in 2014 challenging the government's failure to act.

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It won't only be our stomachs that take the hit if bees become extinct.

Bumble bees, as distinguished from domesticated honey bees, are essential pollinators of wildflowers and about a third of all US crops, from blueberries to tomatoes, according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which petitioned the government for protection of the insect.

But Parham says that even in hibernation, the species needs help. For example, Jepsen told Live Science, the Environmental Protection Agency would need to consider the impact on the rusty patched bumblebee when approving a new pesticide. While seven bees have been listed as endangered in the past, they are all in Hawaii and are not bumblebees. The Xerces Society petitioned the federal government to list the bee as endangered.

Have a mix with something in bloom from early spring through fall.

The beloved monarch butterfly now also is under consideration for listing after becoming an increasingly rare sight. Also, they can leave some paths unmowed so that they can find places to build their nests for the winter.


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