The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species.
We also recommend a number of excellent documentaries about the vanishing of the US Honeybees:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? (link to trailer on YouTube)
Who Killed The Honey Bee? (BBC; full documentary on YouTube)