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Endangered Species Act protection sought for Franklin’s bumble bee

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I’ve been obsessed with bees in general, and bumble bees in particular for some time now. I'm fascinated by the bumble bee's thick tundra- adapted pelt that allows it to forage for nectar in way colder temperatures than your average sun-loving Italian honey bee.
And then there’s the bumble bee's relatively hardcore social structure, in which only the young bumble bee queens over winter, emerging alone in the spring to start colonies afresh.Read more »