Let's have a show of hands.
How many of you have seen Franklin's bumble bee in the wild?
Never HEARD of it, you say?
Well, you probably will never SEE it, either. Bumble bee experts think it may be extinct.
Franklin's bumble bee is native to southern...
UC DAVIS RESEARCHER Robbin Thorp with a computer screen showing Franklin's bumble bee. He captured this image on a California poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
THIS CLOSE-UP of Franklin's bumble bee, taken by UC Davis researcher Robbin Thorp, shows the distinctive black-inverted U-shaped design on its yellow thorax. Thorp fears that Franklin's bumble bee, found only in southern Oregon and northern California, may be extinct.