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Hawaiian bees added to endangered species list
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Seven species of bees have been added to the endangered species list.
Decimated by invasive species and habitat loss, they are now federally protected.


Quote:Federal authorities added the first bees to the endangered species list Friday, seeking a way to protect several vital pollinators who ensure the survival of many local plants and play an essential role in preserving the food chain.

The listing includes seven types of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii that help to pollinate some of the state’s endangered plants. While human development and interaction with the bees and their habitat has played a destructive role, other insects, including invasive bees from India and ants that aren’t native to Hawaii, have had a negative impact on the bees.  

The announcement, which comes just after certain Midwestern bees were considered for protection, may cause initial alarm, but scientists say that it’s not too late to save the species and that putting protective measures in place could have great benefits for the bees.

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Once the most populous insect species in Hawaii, yellow-faced bees have seen a sharp decline in their numbers over the past century. Humans are largely to blame for destroying bee habitats and using pesticides.



Quote:Invasive bees originally from India have settled in where the yellow-faced bees once thrived, creating competition for plants and taking over nesting areas, National Geographic reported.

They’ve also had to battle “alien ants,” which feed on the larvae from yellow-faced bees’ nests.



They have been talking about the dwindling bee population for a few years now.
Guess better late than never that something is being done to protect them finally.

But how are they going to protect them from the ever spraying of pesticides?
That is going to be the tricky part, being as that plays a large equation of the bee decimation issue.


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Quote:But how are they going to protect them from the ever spraying of pesticides?
That is going to be the tricky part, being as that plays a large equation of the bee decimation issue.
That's a good question, but they better hurry up and figure it out.  Once the bees are gone, we're gone!! tinysurprised
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This is terrible ! Thanks for sharing it Sen as I had not come across this one ! This is just so bad I don't think people are yet realising what all this mean's for us, which alarms me, it feels as though it has definitely started moving at an accelerated rate and those that can make a big difference to this refuse to as it means less profit, we can't win.
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