38 years after they were believed to be extinct, the world’s largest bee known as Wallace’s Giant Bee was found again.
The specie – Megachile pluto, is indigenous to only North Moluccas – an Island in Indonesia and is the size of a human thumb and wingspan of 2.5 inches.
The bees make their homes by digging holes in the nests of tree-dwelling termites, where they spend much of their time hiding.
The Giant Bee is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, an English entomologist who first discovered the bee on an expedition in 1859 and described the female bee as “a large black wasp-like insect with immense jaws like a stag beetle.
Here are some awesome facts about North Moluccas
1. It is a part of Maluka Island is North-east Indonesia.
2. It has a temporary capital is Ternate until Sofifi is ready with infrastructure to support the government body.
3. North Maluku was a part of 4 Islamic Kingdoms in Maluku known as ‘Four Mountain Sultanate’
4. North Maluku has abundant unique flora and fauna on the island.
5. Among the Fauna are The Masked Flying Fox, Obi Mosiac-tailed Rat, and three cuscus marsupials that are unique only to the Island.
6. In the Flora, we have Anisoptera thurifera, Hopea gregaria, Hopea iriana, Shorea assamica, Shorea montigena, Shorea selanica, and Vatica rassak that are found nowhere else.
7. The island is home to over two hundred bird species, all residing in the forests of North Maluku
8. The livelihood of the people of North Maluccas is mainly dependent on agriculture, fisheries and other marine activities, wood-processing and Gold & Nickel Mining.
9. The island still has active volcanoes.
10. The Halmahera rain forests eco- region is recognized by World Wildlife Fund