Rare Firefly, Gulf Coast Bee Move Toward Protection
Good news for two tiny, rare species: In response to petitions by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it's considering Endangered Species Act protection for Delaware's Bethany Beach firefly and the Gulf Coast solitary bee.
Both coastal critters are threatened by sea-level rise, runaway development and pesticides.
Protecting the two insects under the Act would be a historic first both for fireflies and native, solitary bees in the continental United States.
"This is great news, but we can't prevent these insects' extinction without actually giving them the emergency-room protection only the Endangered Species Act offers," said Dr. Tara Cornelisse, a Center scientist. "We're losing insects across the globe, and they desperately need our help right now."
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