Currently, there is no legal protection addressing trade in the endangered Wallace's giant bee. Little is known about the insect, which has a dark body about 1.5 inches in length - four times bigger than European honeybees. It wasn't seen again for decades, making it the "holy grail" of bees.
After going missing almost four decades ago, a Wallace's giant bee - roughly four times bigger than your average honeybee, with jaws that would make a stag beetle jealous - has been found by a team of North American and Australian biologists on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas.
Named after the scientist who made the discovery, the insect was first seen in 1858 by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace on the Indonesian island of Bacan.
The team found a female bee living in a termite nest on the side of a tree - the large bee's preferred habitat.
Giddy with excitement, the group coaxed the bee out, and became the first people to photograph a living Wallace's giant bee.
It's not unusual for the Wallace's giant bee to go long periods without being seen by humans.
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"To actually see how attractive 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", Bolt added.
The species, Megachile pluto, also known as Wallace's giant bee, is around four times bigger than the European honeybee.
Last month, Bolt and his colleagues embarked on a search for termite mounds in trees in Indonesia, the last place a scientist spotted the species.
"Amid such a well-documented global decline in insect diversity it's wonderful to discover that this iconic species is still hanging on", said Simon Robson, a member of the team and professor at the University of Sydney.
In theory, Goulson said, the large mandibles are similar to mason bees, which use them to help form the balls of mud that shape their nests.
Messer found several of the bees living in mountainous terrain of three islands in the North Moluccas, near the Equator. But cheers to Bolt for taking an interest in the discovery and conservation of such an incredible bee. The team now hopes to carry out more research on the species and raise awareness of it in order to protect it from extinction-over the last 20 years, Indonesia has lost huge areas of forest to make way for agriculture. A solitary female bee was finally seen in the Indonesian province of North Maluku on the Maluku Islands, after researchers investigated the region for five days.