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Scientists Abuzz as Long-Absent Bumblebee Returns


Science & Tech  (tags: scientists, bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, long-absent bee, Washington state, 3 queens observed, Society for Invertebrate Conservation, reasons for declne )

Judy
- 426 days ago - nbcnews.com
A North American bumblebee species that all but vanished from about half of its natural range has re-emerged in Washington state, delighting scientists who voiced optimism the insect might eventually make a recovery in the Pacific Northwest.



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Ali Gore (11)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 12:34 am
beautiful creatures, the world needs to be more protective of the bees
 

Teresa W. (691)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:42 am
good news
 

John S. (303)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:34 am
Interesting, thanks.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:41 am
This is a very good sign. Hopefully their levels return to normal. Bees other than honeybees are responsible for pollinating more crops. I do love honey though. LOL
 

Debbie S. (33)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:02 am
I'm happy they are coming back.....we need all of the Earth's pollinators. Bees, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. they are all important. We need to get rid of these damning chemicals which are slowly killing all of us.
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 11:10 am
We have Bumblebees that look like that, although I have no idea what species they are specifically......they love our Butterfly Bush...so do the butterflies and hummingbirds :-)) It is always such a pleasure to walk out back and look at all the life surrounding that big Butterfly Bush during the summer and fall.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:26 pm
We have to save our bumblebees.
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:31 pm
Bees help encourage the spread of plants, which in turn enables animal life to exist--making them a crucial component in the circle of life. Painful as their sting might be, we don't dare eliminate them, since without them we'd cease to exist!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:37 pm
Good news.
 

Maureen C. (3)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:01 pm
Yes! We seem to have a healthy population of bumblebees and other wild bees around here, too, this year -- at least in my garden. The word about bumblebees is good, also, because they hive in a queen/workers social order like honeybees do, which means they're more susceptible to contagious disorders such as variola mites, fungus, and distemper, which are afflicting honeybees; but the bumblebees are OK!

I'm glad so many people are concerned about bees now: I've always liked the little critters.
 

Franck R. (52)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:56 am
Great
 

Ruth S. (307)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:21 am
Bumblebees are great little creatures.
 
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