California court ruling opens door for protection of insects as endangered species

Crotch’s bumble bee (Bombus crotchii) on milkweed flowersA California court has ruled that state legislation on endangered species can apply to invertebrates. The decision this week by the Third District Court of Appeal means insects, including four endangered native Californian bumblebee species and the monarch butterfly, will receive much-needed protection under the California Endangered Species Act. “We are celebrating today’s decision that insects and […]

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