Scientists have seen the world's largest bee on a remote Indonesian island.
Ganz black and about the size of a human thumb: Wallace giant bee has been discovered again for decades. Scientists announced Thursday that they had discovered specimens of the world's largest bi-species on a remote Indonesian island.
It was "simply incredible" to actually see how beautiful and long this species is, the sound of their big wings Bee photographer Clay Bolt said in a statement from the environmental organization Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC).
Giant bee should become a symbol of environmental protection
The bee type was discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and last, according to GWC Spotted 1981 in nature. Bolt now found a beehive on an island in northern Moluccas. "My dream is now to turn this bee into a symbol of environmental protection in this part of Indonesia," the photographer said.
The bee with the Latin name Megachile pluto is about four times the size of a honeybee, beekeeper Eli Wyman University of Princeton hopes that the discovery will initiate further research "which will give us a better understanding of life's history in this unique bee" and protect it from extinction.
Join the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species The Giant Bee is listed as "Threatened" (SDA / nim)