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World’s Largest Bee, Believed Extinct, Rediscovered

World’s Largest Bee, Believed Extinct, Rediscovered

Are you afraid of bees? Take heart -- they could be MUCH scarier. After nearly four decades of searching, a giant bee once thought extinct has been found in Indonesia. The world's largest bee discovered recently is four times as large as a honey bee.

Wallace's giant bee was originally observed in 1858 on Indonesia's North Moluccas islands. After, it wasn't seen again until 1981, and that was the last documented sighting of the mammoth stinger, until January.

World's Largest Bee Discovered Again

Scientists spent a week in the rainforests of Indonesia searching for Wallace's giant bee. The bee measures nearly three inches in length (as long as your thumb), with an even wider wingspan. As recounted by Earther, the team had to brave severe weather to spot the bee:

The team spent nearly a week exploring lowland rainforests in the North Moluccas, where they powered through extreme humidity and heat, interspersed with torrential rainstorms. There were few clues as to where to find the insects, barring the bee’s unusual nests, which are carved into active termite mounds in trees.

Thankfully, the giant bee is far less aggressive than the stinging insects around Seattle. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets can be a danger to you and your family year-round. Call us now at 425-482-2100 to schedule an inspection with a pest control expert!hornet control seattle

Looks Scary, But Don't Worry

Wallace's giant bee looks frightening, with huge jaws resembling fangs. But they aren't for biting:

While the long jaws are unnerving, they aren’t for nipping, instead being used to transport globs of resin back to the nest. So, more like salad tongs than pincers. The bees also live solo, and don’t have the defensive, stinging tendencies of their hive-dwelling relatives.

The giant bees also provide some natural pest control. They make their nests by burrowing into termite hills, and eat the termites. Although termites aren't a problem here in the Pacific Northwest, we have our own wood-destroying organisms to worry about. Call us now for all your pest control needs!