Prostrate Country Wade, a rare plant from Texas and northeastern Mexico, is part of an import support system for bees and king butterflies. But now the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering naming the plant an endangered species because humans destroy their vital habitats.
USFWS suggested. List of endangered species On Monday, he said he made his proposal based on “the best available status.”
Chris Best, a USFWS botanist in Texas, said the prostrate milkweed flowers “attract and support local jirgas” that include large bees and bees, and that the king butterflies Serves as the host plant for.
“Unfortunately, this species has been adversely affected by the introduction of the introduced buffalo grass and its growing habitat in the native Tamulipan shrubs,” Best said.
The agency also pointed to human resources to be depleted, saying that plowing from the root, border security and enforcement activities, energy development, road and utility construction, and proper road maintenance would result in housing. Is facing losses and degradation.
To help protect the plant, the service has proposed approximately 700 acres of critical housing in eight occupied territories in Star and Zapata counties near Rio Grande. These areas were decided because they have features that are essential for the conservation of the species.
Currently, the plant has only 24 populations remaining in these counties, 19 of which are rated low. Center for BiodiversityAn organization that has called for safe status.
An important host plant for milkweeds., Feeding the king larvae when they grow into butterflies. They also supply large quantities of nectar to bees and tarantula hawks, according to the Biodiversity Center.
Michael Robinson, representing the organization, said in a statement: “I am hopeful that the protection of the Endangered Species Act will continue to flourish for generations to come in South Texas.” “This charming plant has long enjoyed a sunny spot in harsh landscapes, but it is being pushed to the brink of extinction by human development. Federal action is crucial.”
The proposed rule was published. Federal Register On Tuesday, where people can submit comments until April 18.
Environmentalists have long called for the protection of dairy grasses under the Endangered Species Act. There was a petition to endanger the plant in 2007, and in 2009, the USFWS “provided sufficient information in the application that listing could be guaranteed.”
Protecting dairy grass can also help bee conservation efforts.
In 2020, scientists concluded.Knowing that the chances of the Earth’s population surviving in the same place in North America and Europe have decreased by an average of 30% within a single human race.
According to the Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Service, honey production and the number of bee colonies declined in Texas last year. The service said winter storms that shook the state in 2021 delayed wildflowers from blooming and killed bees, especially in South Texas, because of the sudden freezing temperatures. Were not consistent. Lack of rainfall also contributed to the lack of food availability for bees.