When was the last time you saw a bumblebee? The species could be added to the endangered list

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MADISON, Wis. — Federal wildlife officials announced Wednesday that they will consider adding 10 new species to the list Endangered Species Actincluding the large bumblebee that serves as a major pollinator throughout the United States.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said they completed 90-day reviews of applications to add the species to the list and determined that listing may be warranted. This discovery prompts revisions to the status of this species.

One of the most notable species to consider is the southern plains bumblebee, a large black-and-yellow bumblebee that lives in the open prairies, meadows, and grasslands of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic states, and plains states from Texas to the north. Dakota. It is also found in grasslands and savannas in the southeastern United States, including Florida. Queens can grow as large as an inch (26 mm); Workers can be up to three-quarters of an inch (18 mm) in size.

the Center for Biodiversity She petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2022 to list bees as an endangered species. According to the center, habitat loss and degradation as well as pesticides have led to severe population declines in the southern Plains states, including Texas and Oklahoma, as well as in Mississippi and Alabama.

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Other species under review include Betta hendra and Betta rutilan, freshwater fish found in Borneo; the Hickory Nut Gorge salamander, an amphibian found in western North Carolina; The dwarf rabbit, which is a small rabbit found in the mountainous regions of the western United States; and the Railroad Valley Frog, a small frog that lives only in the wetlands of the Locus Wildlife Management Area in Nye County, Nevada.

Topics to be reviewed also include the southwestern spring firefly, an invertebrate native to Arizona that faces habitat loss due to altered or lost ground and surface water flows, livestock grazing and mining; the white-edged pensimmon, a rare perennial found only in the Mojave Desert; The yellow-spotted forest salamander lives on the Appalachian Plateau in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials decided not to review the status of the eastern salamander, an aquatic newt that lives in streams across 15 states. The agency has listed eastern hellebores that live in Missouri on the endangered species list in 2021.

More than 1,300 species are listed as endangered or threatened in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. Listing protects organisms from being harmed, killed, imported or exported. The list also includes developing and implementing population recovery plans.

This article originally appeared on the Mississippi Clarion Ledger: The feds are considering adding 10 species, including bumblebees, to the endangered list

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