Scientists from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas research center in Argentina are alarming that about 25% of known bee species have not been observed since the 1990s. This does not mean their complete extinction, but it is obvious that the development of wild bees in their natural habitat is under threat. The report was published in the “One Earth” magazine.
According to scientists, the decline in the number of individual bee species is very uneven. The researchers also point out that it is worth remembering that bees are not only honey bees, although they are the most commonly domesticated species. They are also wild species that affect the proper functioning of our ecosystem. Specialists emphasize that the conducted research should be a warning. Their results showed that something is wrong with the bees, and everything must be done to stop the process.
To prepare the report, scientists used data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility concerning as many as 20,000 species of these insects from around the world.