New Delhi: The existence of our nimble bees in the world is highly essential for us and our sustenance. Unfortunately, though, climate change and global warming have unleashed their fury over the world and in turn, pushed the bumble bee population on to the list of endangered species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed listing a species of bumble bee as an endangered species, the first bee species to be granted such federal protection in the continental United States, as per Live Science.
Bumble bees, which can be identified through a distinct rust-colored mark on the middle of their second abdominal segment, are threatened by disease, pesticides and habitat loss, apart from climate change.
The IUCN Red List of Endangered Species has already listed the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered.
"This decision comes not a moment too soon," said Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with NRDC. "Bee populations - including thousands of species of wild bees – are in crisis across the country, and the rusty patched bumble bee is one of the most troubling examples. (This) decision is a critical step forward. If finalized, the endangered species protections will improve the health of our ecosystem as well as the security of our national food supply," Live Science reported.
Want to help our pollinator friends? A USDA report suggests adding some native flowering plants to your garden.