Living With Protected Pollinators

Bumblebee

Rusty Patch Bumble Bee
Photo: Sarina Jepsen

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee, Bombus affinis, to the endangered species list. The species is reduced to small populations in 13 northern states including Indiana. Its habitat is tallgrass prairie and grasslands that have been reduced by development and suppression of fires. The populations are only about 10% of the populations in the 1990s. A drastic decline has occurred for reasons unknown. Possible causes are habitat loss, intensive farming, disease, pesticides and climate change. The USFWS is developing a protection plan designed to reverse the decline.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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