Bees are dying fast and that’s not good for people who like plants and food. Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that members of seven yellow-faced bees from the Hylaeus species require federal protection. If you’re in Hawaii where this brand of bee resides, you might want to think twice before swatting.
Yellow-faced bees were Hawaii’s most profuse insects in the early 1900s, but due to habitat loss, invasive species and climate change they are rarely seen these days.