Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Tortoise & Bee Presumed Extinct Recently Rediscovered — Surprise Survivors

Bee expert Eli Wyman holds a Wallace’s giant bee. The bee was soon released Bee expert Eli Wyman holds a Wallace’s giant bee. The bee was soon
Cary Marshall | 22 February, 2019, 01:38

You might think the world's biggest bee would be easy to find.

But after going missing, feared extinct, for 38 years, the world's largest bee has been rediscovered on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas.

The creature has jaws and an estimated wingspan of 2.5 inches.

A enormous bee that has not been seen in decades has recently been rediscovered in the wild. The female Wallace's giant bees use resin and wood to create tunnels and cells in existing nests, carving out their own living space away from the termites.

In January, a team followed in Wallace's footsteps on a journey through Indonesia in an attempt to find and photograph the bee.

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. However, the rediscoveries of the Wallace's giant bee in Indonesia and the Fernandina giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands present environmentalists with the chance to gather new data to better understand the current state of nature.

"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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The bee was first discovered in 1858 by naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin.

Professor Robson was with a team organised by Global Wildlife Conservation, a Texas-based organisation that runs a Search for Lost Species program, when the bee was discovered.

Last month, Bolt and his colleagues embarked on a search for termite mounds in trees in Indonesia, the last place a scientist spotted the species.

Scientists found several specimens in 1981, but it has not been seen since.

The team that found the female bee released her back to the nest after observing it in a flybox, according to Global Wildlife Conservation. There is, at present, no legal protection concerning trading of Wallace's giant bee.

None had been found alive until wildlife photographer Clay Bolt made public his finding of a solitary female of the species in February 2019. Rather, they're used "like salad tongs" to take resin back to its nest. Females are twice as big as the males.

Alfred Russell Wallace, the discoverer and namesake of the bee, described the insect as "a large black wasp-like insect, with vast jaws like a stag-beetle", according to a copy of his journals that were obtained by Bolt.

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