It is official: the rusty-patched bumblebee is on the endangered species list. After months of struggle, this bee species is the first one on the Endangered Species List. A lot of species are slowly declining and more and more are now on the endangered list.
The rusty patched bumblebee is the first bee added on this list. This is because insects don’t usually decline in population. This is not the case for this insect. Its population has been declining a lot in the last 20 year. This is the reason for which the federal officials made this decision.
The federal officials mentioned that the bee was added to the list before they made the official announcement. Due to the fact that this bee was added to the list people will have to provide habitat and also reduce pesticide usage.
All of the things that need to be done are going to be put in a recovery plan. The actions that are going to help the rusty-patched bumblebee population are also going to help monarch butterflies. These butterflies are also an endangered species.
These insects, although seem small and useless, have an important role in nature. Conservationists mentioned that these insects that pollinate plants are important to us because they are the ones that help plants reproduce. Without these insects, we won’t have these many plants, flowers, and trees.
This is why these insects are on the endangered list and why people need to protect them. It is concerning that even insects are now added to this list. Of course, these are people who have criticized this decision.
The American Farm Bureau Federation mentioned that this decision means costly regulation on chemical use and land. This is not in their interest because the Endangered Species Act mentions that it is strictly prohibited to degraded or modify the habitat of a species that is on the list.
Although some people might disagree with the decision to add rusty-patched bumblebees to the list, this decision is great for these insects and for our environment too. Let’s hope that the number of bees is going to increase in a few years.
What is your opinion about this decision?
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