Megachile pluto: World’s Largest Bee Rediscovered ~ helpBIOTECH

23 February 2019

Megachile pluto: World’s Largest Bee Rediscovered



A living individual of a bee species feared to be extinct has been found in the Indonesian islands known as the North Moluccas.

The Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) belongs to Megachilidae, a family of mostly solitary bees.
This species is the largest bee on Earth. Females may reach a length of 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), with a wingspan of 2.5 inches (6.35 cm), but males only grow to about 0.9 inches (2.3 cm) long. Females are also remarkable for their enormous, stag beetle-like mandibles.

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