This Massive, Nightmare Bee Was Once Thought Extinct. Not Anymore

The giant bee, nicknamed 'flying bulldog' - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed.

Clay Bolt, a nature photographer who went on the trip said:
“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.”

Wallace's giant bee, the insect is named after the British naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, who described it in 1858. Scientists found several specimens in 1981, but it has not been seen since.