New Minnesota Critical Habit Plate Brings Light to Endangered Species Protection

Minnesota has long offered license plate options that feature the state’s natural resources. A new design highlights the state bee, the rusty patched bumble bee, and state butterfly, the monarch butterfly. The license plate also features a native plant, the purple prairie clover, which is an important food source for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The rusty patched bumble bee was listed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service as an endangered species in the lower 48 states. It is currently known to occur in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada....

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