28 thoughts on “Following the Big Bee

  1. The giant bee – the female can measure nearly 4cm in length – first became known to science in 1858 when the British explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace discovered it on the tropical Indonesian island of Bacan.

    Yes, *that* | Alfred Russel Wallace! |

    Despite its size, the bee remained elusive,

    An unknown number of etymologists and amateur explorers have disappeared, mysteriously searching for it. No one is willing to discuss this.

    He observed how the bee used its giant mandibles to gather resin and wood for its termite-proof nests.

    That's the cover story. Those mandibles are perfectly sized for carrying the stolen human children back to their lairs.

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  2. Hey, where ya beeeeeeeeeeeeeeen?
    I think that puts this bee East of the Wallace line , with the unusual stuff of Austr. New Guinea etc.
    Probably find a marsupial bee if you look hard enough.

    1. Eh, too busy. These things maybe in or near the Wallacea transitional zone. I wouldn't be surprised if they find those huge Carboniferous era dragonflies next. Or one finds them.

      1. Fortunately we don't have to worry about the partial pressure of oxygen around here going up to 0.3 bar, do we? Either that, or insects will get closed circulatory systems. What could possibly go wrong?

          1. I dig. Even the | Wise and leathery Desert Oracle | had to deal with the snow. The desert's no refuge any more.

            MD was in total snow shutdown on Wednesday and DC had every type of winter precipitation except for frozen frogs too. Now it's edging up towards 60 F and more ugly mud-generating rain. I think this century's out to get me.

          2. I pretty much insist on not getting out of this century alive. Having lived through almost half of the last one, I just don't see any future in it.

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