Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Earth Notes: Bumblebees on the Colorado Plateau and Beyond

Cockerell's Bumblebee, southern New Mexico
G. Ballmer, University of California, Riverside

With bee populations declining worldwide, news is often grim in the world of bee research. But last August, entomologists from the University of California at Riverside found something to cheer about: they spotted three members of a bumblebee species long feared extinct.

Last documented in 1956, the Cockerell’s bumblebee of south-central New Mexico is the country’s rarest bumblebee.

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