Print this Post

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee: Don’t Swat this Endangered Pollinator!

Rusty-patched bumble bee Bombus affinis 1B_0

My friend, “Buggy Joe” Boggs,  contributes seasonally to Ron Wilson’s newsletter (ronwilsononline.com).

Here’s what Joe had to say this week about bees, and which one is now endangered. So keep that bug spray and fly swatter away from the bees! 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act; effective on March 21, 2017.  Learning of this troubling development was tempered a bit by an e-mail message sent yesterday by Dan Potter (University of Kentucky, Entomology) to an entomology listserv.


Dan alerted recipients to a flyer listing flowering plants that are attractive to bees that was developed by the Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) based on ongoing research conducted by his Ph.D. student, Bernadett Mach.  Quoting from Dan’s message:  “Bernie’s objectives involves documenting pollinator assemblages (family/genus/species, richness, diversity, and relative attractiveness) of some 75 species of native and non-native flowering woody landscape plants.  HRI is publicizing the general bee attractiveness ratings to promote interest in and sales of underutilized horticulturally-desirable woody ornamentals.”


This is a recent example of the dedicated work Dan and his graduate students have been doing for many years to help all of us have a more positive impact on the plight of our pollinators!  It also demonstrates that all news about pollinators is not bad news.


You can access a copy of “Plants Bees Like Best: Bee-Friendly Trees and Shrubs,” by clicking on the first hotlink under More Information below.  You can learn more about HRI’s “Million Pollinator Garden Challenge” and the accompanying “Grow Wise:  BEE SMART” marketing toolkits by clicking on the second hotlink.  You can view the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species notice by clicking on the third hotlink.  Do your part to support our pollinators!

Buttonbush 2015 Glenwood Gardens 2 Cornus mas - Cornelian cherry dogwood w-bee 1 Redbud Carpenter Bee 2 (1) Weeping Cherry Mason 2015 w-Bee

Joe Boggs
Assistant Professor
Commercial Horticulture Educator
Ohio State University Extension / OSU Department of Entomology
OSU Extension, Hamilton County
5093 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
513-260-1474 Mobile
boggs.47@osu.edu       http://hamilton.osu.edu
More Information
Plant List: “Plants Bees Like Best: Bee-Friendly Trees and Shrubs”
Horticulture Research Institute, Grow Wise: BEE SMART
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Notice of Endangered Species

Permanent link to this article: http://abouteating.com/rusty-patched-bumble-bee-dont-swat-this-endangered-pollinator/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>