This is kind of hilarious
Conservation groups asked California to protect 4 species of bumblebees. The agriculture industry objected on the grounds that the state’s endangered species law doesn’t cover insects. But the state fish & game code, in trying to cover all its marine life bases, defines a fish as “wild fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, or amphibian.”
So technically, bumblebees as invertebrates are eligible for protection as fish.
The state supreme court ruled in favor, because that’s technically what the law says, and pointed out that the legislature “is in a position to make whatever statutory amendments it may regard as necessary or useful” to resolve ambiguities
Expanded slightly on my blog, along with a link to another interesting bee-related article I saw this week.