The “Flying Bulldog” , as explorers call it, has been rediscovered after being presumed for 4 decades that it was extinct! No this has nothing to do with, as a nickname with suggest with canines, but rather it is a giant bee. The Wallace’s Giant bee is still among us, it’s not extinct!

It was first spotted on one of Indonesian islands by Alfred Russel Wallace 1858. His description of it was that it as big, black wasp-like insect with big jaws. Compared to common honeybee  is significantly larger. It is up to FOUR times bigger (females are long up to 4 centimeters), which is justifies it’s nickname – “flying bulldog”. After being sighted for the first time, this bee disappeared up to 1981. Then American etymologist discovered it yet again on Indonesian island. Since then it was believed to be extinct, as nobody was able to spot it until an explorer team from US and Australia recently discovered female specimen. She was living 2 meters (bit over 6 feet) above the ground in a termite nest inside a tree! Yet again, on Indonesian Islands.

Clay Bolt, a photographer who took the first pictures of this bee on this discovery stated that it was magnificent discovery which caused almost whole team to lose their breath. The Guardian already published an article about this discovery, as well as many other prestigious newspapers.

This bee is endangered due to deforestation for agricultural needs in Indonesia. It’s size makes it a valuable item in collections of various collectors. Robin Moore, biologist from Global Wildlife Exploration says that news of its rediscovery will endanger this bee even more. Because there are ruthless collectors which will try to hunt it down. Nevertheless, it is first step to guaranteeing it’s preservation and securing it’s habitat.

The “Flying Bulldog” on video

You can enjoy her sighting on the video below. I hope that you will enjoy the video as much as I did. Simply, because bees lives should matter to everyone! Big thanks to the Science News

Wallace’s Giant Bee

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