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South America
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Shared by : Aaditya Singh (Austria)
Habitat : North America- One of the most narrowly distributed bumblebee specie, it occupies an extremely narrow range in western USA (California, Oregon)
Status : Critically Endangered (There are some claims that the bee is already extinct in the wild.)
About
Known to collect and nectar pollen from several wildflowers.
Distinguished from other bumble bees by its distinctive pattern of yellow on the thorax that extends rear-ward forming an inverted U-shape.
It has an almost completely black abdomen with two small white spots at the tip.
Females have a predominantly black face with yellow on top of the head, while males have mostly yellow on the front of their faces.
Threats
Habitat destruction and degradation as a result of agricultural intensification.
Heavy use of pesticides.
High levels of commercial exploitation of the bees leading to pathogen spillage.
Efforts
Currently there are no conservation measures in place. Though it has been assigned a conservation status rank of G1, which is critically imperiled.
It would be beneficial to attempt to prevent the spread of commercially based disease pathogens to native populations. Protected habitat are needed with abundance of suitable pollen and nectar sources. Proximity to a natural source of fresh water can increase the flowering season of the plants upon which the bees feed. Also, suitable nest sites are needed, such as abandoned rodent burrows.

Photo & Reference
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/14556983259
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/135295/0
http://eol.org/pages/1065361/details
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin%27s_bumblebee

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