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    A bumblebee gathers nectar from a wildflower in Appleton. Maine scientists say the state needs to take a broad census of its bumblebees to ensure the security of its beloved blueberry and cranberry crops, and the state is enlisting its residents to make it possible. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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    Volunteer Shaina Helsel records data after capturing a bumblebee in Gardiner. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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    Shaina Helsel prepares to capture a bumblebee in a field in Togus. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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    A rented hive of bumblebees sits in a blueberry field in Appleton. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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    A collection of bumblebees is pinned to a board for identification in Togus. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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    Blueberries like these ripening in Appleton are largely dependent on bees for pollination. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty

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