Wild bee populations, not to bee confused with feral honey bee populations, are seeing significant reductions in population presences. With the addition of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee in January to the Endangered Species List, it is something that has been coming ever more to our attention.
Of course, there are more than bumblebees we are talking about here. There are leafcutters, mason bees, carpenter bees, and thousands more out there that are part of the overall growing environment.
It iso a problem with many vectors being threatened at once. Trying to put the blame on a single smoking gun is the folly we usually pursue, usually to the detriment and delay of any real positive action.
It’s not just a binary set of choices facing us. It’s not a situation to let managed bees go to save wild bees. It’s not a “one or the other” situation. It so rarely ever is. We need to see the “big picture” to provide context as we can too easily obsess over a single detail within and never really understand these relationships and interactions crucial to the whole scene.
The more we know, the better we bee.