Signs of Decline: First Honeybees, now Bumblebees

By Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post
August 7, 2008

The honeybees seem to be bucking the trend and thriving for the moment, at least in my garden. So I have stopped watching them at work and turned my attention to the native bees. The honeybee came over from the Old World, but there are more than 3,500 species of indigenous bee, from the pesky carpenter bee, which buzzes you in April as it starts to tunnel into your woodwork, to the tiny sweat bee, which alights on your arm to take a sip of perspiration. If you look closely and it’s the right species, you can see that it shimmers an iridescent green.

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