Western Bumble Bee

Western Bumble Bee, photo by Alistair Fraser
Western Bumble Bee (mckayi subspecies)
Bombus occidentalis mckayi
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
No status
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Data Deficient
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Under Consideration
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 

Western Bumble Bee is a medium-sized bumble bee. It has a short head and a band of yellow hair across the thorax in front of the base of the wings. The tip of the abdomen is almost always white and the rest of the abdomen varies in colour. The subspecies found in the Northwest Territories (NWT) is the northern long-haired subspecies mckayi.

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