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Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:22 PM

World's Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/21/696626918/worlds-largest-bee-is-spotted-for-first-time-in-decades
The Wallace's giant bee — Megachile pluto — towers over European honeybees. The female's size has been recorded as at least an inch and a half long, with a tongue that's nearly an inch long. Add to that a pair of gigantic mandibles, and it's a bee like no other.

"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 natural history photographer Clay Bolt, who was part of a small team that sought out the Wallace's giant bee. The team found a female bee living in a termite nest on the side of a tree — the large bee's preferred habitat. 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.

It's not unusual for the Wallace's giant bee to go long periods without being seen by humans. It has been observed only a handful of times since it was discovered in the 1850s by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. When the bee was last rediscovered, in 1981, it had been presumed extinct.



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Jack Burton Feb 25 OP
Paradigm Feb 25 #1
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It Guy Feb 25 #3
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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:29 PM

1. Great post. I love bees. They dont scare me in the least. When one lands on

me, I let it crawl along my arm until it decides to take off. I’ve never been stung doing that.
But, quite honestly, if that bad boy landed on me, I might have to go in and change my shorts after he buzzed away.
Beautiful pic by the way.

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Response to Paradigm (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:34 PM

2. Check out this bad boy

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Response to Jack Burton (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:41 PM

3. Im subscribed to his channel and watched all of cringe worthy bites

he’s taken. Some people are just gluttons for punishment.

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Response to Jack Burton (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 07:46 PM

4. Ouch. On edit, hornets and wasps are species I dont let land on me. They will sting.

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Response to Jack Burton (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:07 PM

5. what a fing idiot!

i've been stung (accidently) by paper wasps and yellow jackets and would NEVER look up a large hymenoptera in her own territory (they are all female, the drones don't sting) for fun.

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Response to Jack Burton (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:10 PM

6. Around here, when you see someone do something like that,

you usually hear them say, "here, hold my beer".



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