In the wilds of Indonesia, conservationists have rediscovered the world’s largest bee, one thought lost for decades. It can remain lost.
Let me start this with a preface. I realise that the bee population is waning, and I know we need them, but this particular bee can go back where it came from. Just look at it.
The above is the world’s largest species of bee, found on a remote Indonesian island, presumably entertaining a rather long tropical holiday. You know the type, those people who like somewhere when they visit, and they just kind of stay? This giant bee is one of those. According to Melittologists in the know, this is the first time we’ve spotted once since 1981.
“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,” photographer Clay Bolt told the BBC after being the first person to take photos and video of the bee. “To actually see how beautiful 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.”
The bee was named after Alfred Russel Wallace who discovered the species in the nineteenth century, just before he helped Charles Darwin author his theory of evolution. Slight departure here, but helping some dork xerox his dissertation and wilfully chasing the insect spawn of hell is a legacy of questionable value.
But back to the bee. Conservationists have great plans for the bee, bringing it back and showing it off as a curio of the world that we’ve ruined. “By making the bee a world-famous flagship for conservation, we are confident that the species has a brighter future than if we just let it quietly be collected into oblivion,” said Global Wildlife Conservation Communications Director Robin Moore.
I mean, sure. It worked for King Kong. Why not?