A recent find is causing a buzz. Scientists spotted the world’s largest bee! It’s called Wallace’s giant bee, and it’s about the size of a kid’s thumb.
The last time scientists saw a Wallace’s giant bee was 38 years ago. Many worried that the species might be extinct.
A team of scientists wanted to learn the truth. This winter, they headed to Indonesia, a country in Asia where the bees were known to live.
The team started their search by watching termite nests high in the trees. That’s because the bees take over parts of termite nests to make their own homes.
It took days, but the team finally found a giant bee. “We high-fived each other,” says scientist Eli Wyman. “Now we know these bees still exist.”