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Kæmpebi is back: - It is a flying bulldog

For the first time since 1981 a group of researchers found the world's biggest species - the so-called Wallace kæmpebi. It writes The Guardian and The New Yo

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Kæmpebi is back: - It is a flying bulldog

For the first time since 1981 a group of researchers found the world's biggest species - the so-called Wallace kæmpebi.

It writes The Guardian and The New York Times.

the Bee, which has the scientific name Megachile pluto, is described as being as big as an adult's thumb. It has a wingspan of about six centimetres.

despite its impressive size it is not, however, been seen in 38 years, and the researchers feared, therefore, that it was extinct.


But in January this year it was found again by a group of north american and australian researchers on a small indonesian archipelago.

- It was totally incredible to see it here 'flying bulldog' of an insect, which we are not even sure still existed.

- To see this beautiful and big art, in fact, to hear the sound of its huge wings flap, while the flew past my head, was amazing, says photographer Clay Bolt, who got the first pictures of the bee, for The Guardian.

the Photographer adds that he knows of at least five expeditions, where the aim has been to find the extremely rare kæmpebi. It writes The New York Times.

the Size of the bee can be compared with an adult's thumb. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix


It is a single bee, there have now been found. The lived in a termitrede, which are species typical residence.

the Bee was first discovered by scientists in 1858. It was discovered by the british naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace.

He described at the time the bee as a 'large, black hvepselignende insect with jaws like a eghjort (one of Europe's largest beetles, red.)'.

That went well over 100 years before researchers again discovered it in 1981.

One of the researchers who was on the expedition in January of this year, is a biologist Simon Robson from the University of Sydney in Australia.

- It is simply ridiculously big, and it's so exciting, he says of the finding of the rare bi for The New York Times.

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