The bees build communal nests on termite dwellings, researcher Adam Messer observed in the 1980s. Messer was the last scientist to document the supersize bees in the wild, according Live Science. Until now, that is.
Bolt and one of his teammates, entomologist Eli Wyman, returned to the U.S. after making the discovery and hope to work with researchers and conservation groups in Indonesia to ensure protection for the giant bee, Bolt wrote.
While a giant bee may sound horrifying, Bolt said “just knowing that this bee’s giant wings go thrumming through this ancient Indonesian forest helps me feel that, in a world of so much loss, hope and wonder still do exist.”