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World's Biggest Bee, Thought Lost, Rediscovered

World's Biggest Bee, Thought Lost, Rediscovered


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 23 February 2019

THE BUZZ

 

Wallace’s Giant Bee Dwarfs the Common Honey Bee
 Wallace’s Giant Bee Dwarfs the Common Honey Bee in Size, University of Sydney, Image by Clay Bolt.
Image (composite): Wallace’s Giant Bee Dwarfs the Common Honey Bee in Size, University of Sydney, Image by Clay Bolt.

 

Biggest Bee, Thought Lost, Rediscovered

World's biggest bee found,
University of Sydney, Feburary 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Rediscovering Wallace’s Giant Bee
“...announced the finding of what many consider to be the 'holy grail' of bee discoveries - Wallace's giant bee.”

Lucky Bee
“The bee (Megachile pluto) is the world's largest, with a wingspan more than six centimetres (2.5 inches). Despite its conspicuous size, the bee has been lost to science since 1981.”

Lucky Bee Team
“...successfully rediscovered the species in the North Moluccas, an island group in Indonesia. The find resurrects hope that more of the region's forests still harbour this very rare species.”

Bad Times for the Bugs
"Amid such a well-documented global decline in insect diversity it's wonderful to discover that this iconic species is still hanging on."

Big Beautiful Bee
"To see how beautiful and big the species is in real life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible. My dream is to now use this rediscovery to elevate this bee to a symbol of conservation in this part of Indonesia."

Wallace & the Bee
“The bee is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer alongside Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution through natural selection. Wallace, a British entomologist, discovered the giant bee exploring the Indonesian island of Bacan. He described the female bee, which is about the length a human thumb, as "a large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag-beetle". ”

Rare Bee
“The bee wasn't seen again until 1981...Since then, other teams have looked for the bee, with no luck. ”

 

 

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