Yellow-banded Bumble Bee

Yellow-banded bumble bee (credit: Leif Richardson)
Yellow-banded Bumble Bee
Bombus terricola
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
No status
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Not assessed
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Under Consideration
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 

Yellow-banded Bumble Bee is a medium-sized bumble bee with a short head. It has yellow hair on the second and third segments of the abdomen, as well as a band of yellow hair across the body in front of the base of the wings. The rest of its body is primarily black, except for a fringe of brownish-yellow hairs on the fifth segment of the abdomen.

Length: Female queens, 1.9 to 2.1 cm (0.75 to 0.83 in)

            Female workers, 1.0 to 1.5 cm (0.39 to 0.59 in)

            Males, 1.3 to 1.5 cm (0.51 to 0.59 in)

Check out the Field Guide to Bumble Bees of the Northwest Territories.