"Flying Bulldog", World's Largest Bee, Found Again After Around 40 Years

Cristina Cross
February 22, 2019

Messer found several of the bees living in mountainous terrain of three islands in the North Moluccas, near the Equator. A female bee was just found, and she was alive.

A CQUniversity scientist is part of a team of experts that have made the "holy grail" of bee discoveries, rediscovering the world's largest bee in Indonesia.

A documentary film about Wallace's giant bee is now in production.

Those in the environmental community have reason to celebrate this week, as not one, but two otherwise missing species have been rediscovered by researchers and conservation groups on the Galapagos Islands and in Indonesia. Females are twice as big as the males.

The bee, which photographer Clay Bolt described as a "flying bulldog" calling the entire experience of snapping the first photo of the newly-rediscovered bee "absolutely breathtaking", which is exactly what someone who saw a flying bulldog would say.

LiveScience calls this insect a "massive, nightmare bee".

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Natural history photographer Clay Bolt was the first person in 38 years to capture a live example of the insect on camera.

But those huge jaws "aren't for nipping", Gizmodo reported. In the study, which builds upon their discovery that bees understand the concept of zero (what?!), the researchers "showed bees can be taught to recognise colours as symbolic representations for addition and subtraction, and that they can use this information to solve arithmetic problems", as explained in a statement from RMIT. They collaborated with Robson and Canadian-born writer Glen Chilton to track down the elusive monster bee-and they succeeded.

"We couldn't believe we actually managed to find it...we had been looking for five days in total, four in the one spot" Prof. There is, at present, no legal protection concerning trading of Wallace's giant bee. "The vast majority of the 20,000 known species of bee in the world are quite calm and not aggressive", he said.

"It's just ridiculously large and so exciting", Robson said, according to the Times.

The bee's disappearing act was foiled by an intrepid and determined search team of North American and Australian biologists who wanted to figure out once and for all whether the bee still existed.The Guardian reports that the scientists found the answer in a termite's nest in a tree, where a single female Wallace's giant bee had set up a home.

"To actually see how handsome 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", Bolt added.

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