Return of bumblebee stirs scientific buzz
WASHINGTON - Reuters
Bumblebees that had all but vanished suddenly reappeared in Washington state. REUTERS photoA 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.
Entomologists and bee enthusiasts in recent weeks have photographed several specimens of the long-absent western bumblebee - known to scientists as Bombus occidentalis - buzzing among flower blossoms in a suburban park north of Seattle. “It’s a pretty big deal,” said Rich Hatfield, a biologist for the Oregon-based Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which documents and reports such findings.
“It gives us hope that we can do some conservation work, and perhaps the species has a chance at repopulating its range.”