In the entire history of the Earth have become extinct a lot of animals and insects, but sometimes people are able to detect extinct species even after many years. For example, in 1938, the sea has been found prehistoric fish coelacanth, which, according to scientists, disappeared millions of years ago. Recently there was another such miracle, researchers from Australia, Canada and the United States met in Indonesia a giant bee Wallace, who was last seen by the people back in 1981.
This is not the first “disappearance” of huge insect being open in 1858 the naturalist Alfred Wallace, he disappeared for more than a decade. It was re-opened only in 1981 by entomologist Adam Messer on on the island of Bachan, and again disappeared for several decades. Because of this variability, the bee took a well-deserved place in the program “Searching for lost species,” Global wildlife conservation.
Found on the Northern Islands of Indonesia bee Wallace reaches to 3.8 inches in length and has a wingspan of 6.4 inches. For comparison, this is four times the size of ordinary European bees. As usual, a bee nest in tree termite mound, and its huge size suggests that she is a female. Generally males have a smaller body size, about 2.3 cm.
At the moment, researchers are trying to work with local conservationists. They are going to find more specimens of giant bees and take steps to protect them from extinction.
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