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First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

a rusty patched bumblebee
A rusty patched bumblebee which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing for federal protection. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

Rusty patched bumblebee population plunged nearly 90% since the late 1990s

January 11, 2017 — The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.  Continue reading First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet