Wildlife authorities in the US have added bees to its list of endangered and threatened species, a first time for any bee.

Among those insects in trouble are seven species of yellow-faced bee, Hawaii’s only native bees.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing last week after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers.

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US authorities have added seven species of yellow-faced bee to the endangered and threatened species list. The listed bees are native only to Hawaii and play a crucial role in pollinating plants across the islands

The threatened insects play a crucial role in pollinating plants on the island chain, but their numbers have been in decline due to loss of native plant species from development, wildfires and destructive species such as pigs.

‘Because remnant populations of many species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees are small and isolated, they are especially vulnerable to habitat loss, predation, stochastic events, and other changes to their habitat,’ the Xerces Society said in a statement.

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“In this undated photo provided by John Kaia, a yellow-faced bee is shown in Hawaii. Federal authorities added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, a first for any bees in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society. (John Kaia via AP)” width=”634″ height=”418″ class=”size-full wp-image-8443″ /> In this undated photo provided by John Kaia, a yellow-faced bee is shown in Hawaii. Federal authorities added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, a first for any bees in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society. (John Kaia via AP)

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