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May 2008 - Western Bumblebee
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Western Bumblebee, Bombus occidentalis
Western Bumblebee, Bombus occidentalis
These images of the Western Bumblebee were taken in British Columbia where it was believed to be extinct. When they were posted on a site dedicated to insects, they caused quite a stir and we were surprised to receive several requests for further use of these pictures.

Bumblebees are distinguished by their blanket of hair which helps keep them warm and able to fly at cooler temperatures. The Western Bumblebee also has a distinctive white rear patch.
 
Western Bumblebee, Bombus occidentalis

To learn more about bees and their relatives, visit our Visual Bug Guide.

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