Apparently, honey bees in the United States have entered the endangered species list for the very first time. This spells catastrophe for pollination which these bees are responsible for.
The authorities have included seven yellow-faced bee species in the endangered list. These are the native bees of the state of Hawaii. They have become so scarce that they deserve protective status.
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On the previous Friday, this decision was announced. The list has been thought through very laboriously. The conservation group known as the Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers spearheaded the effort.
Since bees play a crucial role in pollination, they are very important for the ecosystem. The Xerces Society was heavily involved from the beginning in the petitions to safeguard the bee species.
While yellow-faced bees are found in other regions of the world, these particular species are only to be found in Hawaii. They play a part in the pollination of plant species that are native to Hawaii.
Their way of life is threatened by: wild pigs, invasions of ants, plants that take over their habitat, fires that erupt time after time and human development projects.
These bees are found in a number of habitats of Hawaii such as the coastal regions and high shrub lands. The bees pollinate many of the endangered plant species of Hawaii.
Although other bees could pollinate these plants, the plants would die off if the yellow-faced bees are wiped off the face of Hawaii. After a decade of constant campaigning, the efforts of conservation groups have proved fruitful and finally the bees have entered the endangered species list.
Mostly the bees tend to prefer the more dominant trees and shrubs. Although the rare plants are important too, for obvious reasons, yet the ordinary plants deserve attention too. The bees tend to keep the lush green forests and pristine wilderness of Hawaii in tip top condition.
Those concerned with conservation efforts say that there are a great many rare insect species that deserve protection. Although not all of them are endangered yet they add to the beauty and diversity of Hawaii.
A lot of work still needs to be done to increase the biodiversity of Hawaii. The health of not only plants but many animals in Hawaii is ultimately dependent on these bees. Were they to end up extinct, many of the plants and animals would simply disappear which would indeed be sad.