The team set off on their expedition last month, retracing the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace - who discovered the bee - through Indonesia to find the long lost insect. Eli Wyman, an entomologist at the museum, showed Bolt a remarkable, rare specimen of Wallace's giant bee, and shared his desire to see the insect in the wild.
As for the other discovered species, clips from the trip and rediscovery of the Wallace's giant bee are now being compiled and produced into a documentary film: "In Search of the Giant Bee".
The team now plans to collaborate with Indonesian researchers in hope of finding the bee in other places, the University of Sydney announced.
"To see how attractive and big the species is in real life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible".
The bee was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1981 by U.S. entomologist Adam Messer, who found six nests on the island of Bacan and two other nearby islands.
About that sound: Touting their discovery, the team posted B-roll (!) video of Wallace's giant bee flying around in a small enclosure, its wings sounding like a deep drone compared to the high-pitched buzz of honey bees.
Finding an endangered or otherwise rare species in the wild can be very challenging for scientists, but hunting down something as small as a bee after almost three decades of presumed extinction? Wallace's Giant Bee (species Megachile pluto) is an Indonesian species with a 2.5-inch wingspan and enormous mandibles.
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Nobody really knows the population of the bees. The team hopes that raising awareness of Wallace's giant bee that more people will be interested in protecting it. Wallace managed to collected a female giant bee specimen, but the insect would remain relatively mysterious over the following years.
'My dream is to now use this rediscovery to elevate this bee to a symbol of conservation in this part of Indonesia, and a point of pride for the locals there'.
Despite its large size, scientists say the bee remains elusive, and the female's nesting construction, made of resin and wood, is one of the few things actually known about the creature.
Messer was the last scientist to document the supersize bees in the wild - until now. "This bee seems to be very secretive in nature and historically, it has possibly always been somewhat rare", he said.
"I simply couldn't believe it", Bolt wrote for the Global Wildlife Conservation.
"The bee's protection moving forward is going to rely first on the appropriate government officials and stakeholders knowing that [it] even exists, and then their willingness to help protect it", according to Robin Moore, head of GWC's Search for Lost Species.