|Town/Region||Shey Phoksundo National Park|
|Date||4 May 2018|
Bumblebees are social insects and important pollinators of both natural and agricultural ecosystem. They are especially efficient pollinators for Leguminosae and Solanaceae, which benefit from their particular ability in buzz pollination. Over 250 species of the bumblebee are known throughout the world but recent trends shows the worldwide decline of Bumblebees that presents a serious threat to maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem service in many parts of the world. Global decline of Bumble Bees have been linked to a wide range of factors including habitat loss, climate change, pathogens, use of pesticides and agricultural intensification. The worldwide decline and local extinctions of Bumblebees have raised a need of species listing and conservation also from Nepal.
Some, 43 species of Bumblebees have been recorded from different parts of Nepal but the National basis species records including proposed study area is still vastly unknown. Therefore, it is urgently needed for the inventory of species, preparation of baseline information, ecology and popularisation of this important pollinator with farmers’ scientific communities and conservation policy making for sustainable pollination and ecosystem service. Therefore, the aim of this research is to find the spatial distribution, threats assessment and conservation of Bumblebees in Shey Phoskshundo National Park.
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