The native North American bumblebee might be added to the endangered species list by conservationists and wildlife officials. The nomenclature for this animal is Bombus affinis. Sadly, they are in severe danger of becoming extinct. There are thousands of other bee species that are becoming more extinct than the North American bee, but they are more concerned for this one. Over half of the midwest’s native bee species have disappeared over the last 100 years, according to a recent study.
In this type of species, the male and worker bees have a red patch on their backs, and surprisingly the female bees are the only ones that are able to sting. Humans swatting these poor bees is not the only cause of their extinction. They keep dying off because of farming, habitat loss, disease, climate change, and pesticides. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States,” which is very impressive.
If you have ever seen The Bee Movie you know how important bees are to our everyday life. They pollinate the flowers which gives us the oxygen we need to breathe. Flowers need to be pollinated to be able to reproduce. So without the bees we wouldn’t have vegetables, flowers, or anything else that needs pollination. We can save the bees if we plant gardens, use less pesticides, take away the non-native plants, and take care of the natural landscapes. -Emily Diamond