UH OH! Gigantic BEE thought to be extinct since 1981, FOUND ALIVE in Indonesia

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It’s been called the “holy grail” of bees, and hasn’t been seen alive since 1981. Now Wallace’s Giant Bee has been rediscovered in the wild, 38 years after scientists thought it had gone extinct.

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Gigantic bee, thought to be extinct since 1981, found alive in Indonesia… That’s one of the first images of a living Wallace’s giant bee. Megachile pluto is the world’s largest bee, which is approximately 4x times larger than a European honey bee. (Composite). Photo by Clay Bolt.

Researchers spotted the world’s largest bee in January in the Indonesian province of North Maluku on the Maluku Islands.

It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed anymore, to have real proof right there in front of us in the wild,” said Clay Bolt, a natural history photographer specializing in bees.

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[Live Science]

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