"Be Beast" Series
Bumblebee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species—the first such designation for a bee species in the continental U.S. A recent major global assessment sponsored by the UN suggests that about 40% of invertebrate pollinator species are facing extinction. Bumblebees are essential pollinators of wildflowers and about a third of all U.S. crops, from blueberries to tomatoes. Their decline is due to a mix of factors, including pesticides and habitat loss caused by wildfires.
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