The crash of the bumblebee

Thorp, an emeritus professor of entomology from the University of California at Davis, found one solitary bumblebee worker last year along a remote mountain trail in the Siskiyou Mountains, but hasn’t been able to locate any this year. He fears that the species — Franklin’s bumblebee — has gone extinct before anyone could even propose it for the endangered species list. To make matters worse, two other bumblebee species — one on the East coast, one on the West — have gone from common to rare.

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