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Scientists have rediscovered an extremely rare species of bumblebee in the US, which hasn't been seen since 1956. Cockerell's Bumblebee Cockerell's Bumblebee. Credit: G Ballmer, UC Riverside The find has prompted a lot of excitement due to the concern about bee species disappearing around the world. The bumblebee boffins, …

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...and I thought a job title of software toolsmith was cool!

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Sounds like they found them because they are surviving while other bees are dying of sudden colony collapse.

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It warms my heart

to know that the world still has bumblebee boffins.

At one point in my childhood, I wanted to be an entomologist --- but a real one told me that, especially post thatcher, most of the jobs were connected with killing insects :-(

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Gah!

Jesus Christ, how could anyone miss one of those? It's almost as big as my hand!

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Yay! Bees!

We here in New Zealand got very excited a couple of years ago when some Bumblebee Boffins from Blighty turned up wanting to catch some specimens of our most common Bumblebees. Turns out they were imports from the old country, and thirved here, whilest becoming somewhat rare back home.

If I remember correctly we were quite chuffed and told the Boffins to help themselves.

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If it hadn't been seen since the Dark Ages (and in biology, 1956 really is the dark ages) how did they know it was a separate species?

And anyway, who cares, it looks exactly the same as the bees in my garden according to that photo.

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This is good news.

One of our neighbors has hives, but the doctor says they'll clear up soon. (But seriously, folks, ...)

No, he keeps bees and we've asked him about which plants to encourage, discourage, etc etc. Since they tend to keep the wasps and hornets away and encourage our black cheery and sweet crabapple trees to fruit, it's a win-win-win.

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Did they follow them back to the hive? Unless they can find a whole hive of these critters it could just be a misidentification.

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Cheeses Kerrrrist !

It's the size of a FUCKING RAT !

How did they not spot that for 55 years ???

Oh...

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perhaps no one missed them ...

according to these folks, they were brought back from the past by a massive time warp or something.

http://iheardacouplethings.blogspot.com/2011/12/extinct-bees-back-from-dead.html

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