7 Different Species Of Bees

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7 Different Species Of Bees
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Did you know that the population of bees has decreased by nearly 90% in less than 3 decades? [1] Even more concerning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a document in The Daily Journal of the United States Government listing 7 species of bees as endangered. [2] The species include Hylaeus mana, Hylaeus kuakea, Hylaeus hilaris, Hylaeus facilis, Hylaeus assimulans, Hylaeus longiceps, and Hylaeus anthracinus.

If you love coffee, avocados, strawberries and the balance of the ecosystem, such unfortunate developments should be a real source of concern. Why so? Read on to find out.

On the Verge of Extinction – Why You Must Care
As one of the greatest pollinators in the world, bees are critical to the structure of our ecosystem. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) notes that the extinction of bees would lead to the failure of 90% of wild plants and 30% of crops around the world. [3] Simply put, common plants such as berries, avocados, and millions of other plant species would become rare.

In an interview with CNN [4], Eric Lee-Mäder from the Xerces Society – a non-profit organization responsible for the petition to classify the bees as endangered – claimed that “Native pollinators in the US provide essential pollination services to agriculture which are valued at more than $9 billion annually.”

Take Action Now!
Although several factors contribute to the dwindling bee population, some common threats include climate change, pesticides, parasites, diseases, and loss of habitat. With the impending catastrophe from the loss of our bees, it’s about time we raise awareness. Protect bees – protect our flora! So, where do you stand?

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Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] Greshko, M. 2017. First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/03/bumblebees-endangered-extinction-united-states/.

[2] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Status for 49 Species From the Hawaiian Islands (2016) https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/30/2016-23112/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-endangered-status-for-49-species-from-the-hawaiian/.

[3] Bee deaths, pesticides, and a stalled regulatory system (2019) https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/bees.pdf.

[4] Karimi, F. 2016. Bees placed on endangered species list — a first in the US https://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/01/us/hawaii-bee-species-endangered/.


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