Rare bumblebee rebounding? Seattle-area sightings create a hopeful buzz for recovery in West

June 28, 2014 10:34 PM

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SEATTLE — For Will Peterman, the first thrill was spotting a rare, Western bumblebee north of Seattle last summer.

Once abundant throughout the Western United States, the bumblebee with the distinctive white rump began to disappear in the 1990s. By the time Peterman made his discovery, some experts feared it was gone forever from the Puget lowlands.

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