Plight of the bumble bee: MN’s threatened and endangered bumble bees

Elaine Evans, Extension Educator, with the Entomology/ Pollinators/Bee Lab tells us about the Bumble Bee. Bumble bees are a common site in most Minnesota gardens, but some species have become increasingly uncommon, particularly over the last 20 years. Historically, Minnesota is home to 23 of North America’s 48 bumble bee species. Five species out of these 23 are in serious decline with severe loss of range as well as declines in numbers of bees. Another 3 species are in decline, though the losses are not as dramatic. This means that over one in three bumble bee species in Minnesota are vulnerable to decline. Although bumble bees may still be a common site in gardens, prairies, meadows, and fields, the bumble bee community you are seeing today is most likely a less diversegroup of bumble bees.

 

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