(Learfeld News Service/Falcon Heights, MN) — The federally-endangered rusty patched bumblebee will be designated as the Minnesota State Bee today at the State Fair (Thursday 3 P-M).
D-N-R staff, state officials and University of Minnesota scientists will lead the presentation.
They say designating a state bee raises awareness that many pollinator species are in decline, and some of the state’s native bee and butterfly species are now in danger of extinction.
Honey bees and other pollinators contribute millions of dollars to Minnesota’s agricultural economy.
They also help maintain the health of plants that stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, buffer waterways, store carbon and provide habitat for other wildlife.