Archive for March, 2009

Seven Hawaiian Bees Risk Extinction

Published on March 31, 2009

By John Platt in 60-Second Extinction Countdown, Scientific American

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation last week petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect seven Hawaiian bee species under the Endangered Species Act. All seven species of these “yellow-faced bees” — Hylaeus anthracinus, H. longiceps, H. assimulans, H. facilis, H. hilaris, H. kuakea and H. mana — have seen tremendous declines since they were first observed just over a century ago. None exist outside the Hawaiian Islands.