Extinction of Bumblebees

Alyssa Hernandez, Writer


The things we used to try and dodge as kids are disappearing very quickly. In North America and Europe climate change has made the odds of seeing and dodging a bumblebee go down 30%. Over 66 species of bumblebees have been affected by climate change in these two continents. 

Climate changing is introducing higher temperatures and precipitations, to levels bumblebees can’t handle. The higher temperatures and precipitation dries out their habitats so they are not able to just move locations and start a new generation. “The loss of bumblebees can contribute to decreasing biodiversity and impairment of ecosystem services, which impact food and water supply; the control of climate and disease; and supporting nutrient cycles and oxygen production.” says CNN. Though we use to always try to avoid them, it was a common misinterpretation getting them confused for wasps. Bumblebees mean no harm and are actually vital to human life. Bumblebees are one of the best pollinators we have, plants depend on them meaning we do too. Between April 2015 and 2016 beekeepers lost 44% of their bee colonies  

Humans can help and slow their extinction though. We can plant more shrubs and flowers to protect them from sun and rain exposure. Beekeepers can build hive shelters with roofs and surrounding protective materials. Less pesticides can be used because bumblebees interactions with these can accelerate loss of bumblebees and other species.  

Some plants bumblebees prefer that you can plant in your yard are Urticifolia, large leaved lupine, thick-stem asters and Ryderberg’s penstemon. Not advising people to plant this unless you live somewhere where you can, but bees and marijuana plants have a very good relationship. Marijuana plants don’t involve pesticides and produces an abundance amount of pollen. Marijuana plants provide nutrition to bees.