The largest bee in the world

Guys, I got to see Megachile pluto (the largest bee in the world!) in person! Okay, well, I got to see the specimen collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the 1800s, not a live specimen, but it was still super cool.
Oxford Museum of Natural History
These aren’t on display, you have to be an entomologist who is bold enough to attempt to charm your way into the back rooms. 😉
Oxford Museum of Natural History
2.5 inches/6.4 cm!

Other specimens collected by Wallace (the curator didn’t really know anything about them, so I can’t tell you whether they were collected in the same place, but they’re neat)
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History

Bonus photos of the Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
RAWR! (did I scare ya?)
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Do you think dinosaurs ever had back problems?
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Darwin’s Moth? Maybe but was not labeled
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History
Oxford Museum of Natural History

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12 thoughts on “The largest bee in the world

  1. wow! Thats so amazing! What a bee haha and its in such perfect condition for being hundreds of years old! Gorgeous photos of the museum, Im so jealous 🙂

  2. The museum building looks fascinating, and all those dinosaur skeletons had to be fascinating to view. Thanks for not posting taxidermy mammals. Those kind of creep me out.

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