The world’s largest bee has been revealed again after year sof being invisible to science.
The huge bee, which is as long as an adult’s thumb, was located on a little, unmapped Indonesian island.
After searching for days, wildlife authorities discovered a solo live female, which they snapped and recorded.
Identified as Wallace’s giant bee, the creature is called after the British biologist and traveler Alfred Russel Wallace, who described its presence on earth in 1858.
Researchers located numerous specimens in 1981 on three such Indonesia islands but it has not been seen alive since, then.
During last month, a team followed Wallace’s footprints on a tripacross Indonesia in an effort to discover and take photos of the bee.
“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 the photographer, Clay Bolt, who took the very first photos and videos of the species newly discovered.
“To actually see how beautiful and big the species is in life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible. “
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17 November, 2019