The Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee
First and foremost, let's talk about the most recent victim of human neglect - the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee.
At our HABA Winter Banquet this year, we were honored to have Dr. Rufus Isaacs with us to speak about native pollinators and the Pollinator Project.
Scientists believe that Nosema bombi, the pathogen that seems to be a driving force behind the rusty-patched bumble's decline, was spread to wild population of bees via greenhouses using commercially raised bumble bees like the common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens). It is easy for commercially raised bees to escape from greenhouse vents and mix with wild bees on the outside.
Visit Rustypatched.com and "A Ghost in the Making" to learn more about the plight of the Rustypatched Bumble Bee and what can be done.
Another great presentation on the declining Bumble Bees is at The Xerces Society: The Story of a Declining Pollinator.