Rusty Patched Bumble Bee And Pollinator Conservation


March 13, 2017

Nina Veteto of Monarch Rescue teaches student how to plant pollinator gardens.

The rusty-patched bumblebee is poised to become the first bumblebee ever placed on the U.S. endangered species list.

Distinguished by a small, rust-colored patch on its back, the bumble bee's imminent placement on the endangered species list follows the much-publicized declines of honey bees and our native monarch butterflies, and draws attention to the plight of pollinators – those animals which pollinate plants, completing the plant's life cycle by enabling it to produce fruit which will produce the next generation of plants and food for us.

Like other bees, rusty-patched bumblebees p...

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