The rusty patched bumblebee has ventured into new territory: the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) added the bee to the list Tuesday, earning it the sad honor as the first-ever bumblebee in the U.S. with the endangered designation, according to the federal agency.
The bee has seen a dramatic population decline in the past 20 years.
This is a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota. Image: Sarah Foltz Jordan/The Xerces Society via AP "Listing the bee as endangered will help us mobilize partners and focus resources on finding ways right now to stop the decline," said Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius in a press release . Read more... More about Pollinators , Bumblebees , Endangered , Endangered Species , and Science