With 30 hrs to go, after 52 bids, bidding on a specimen of Wallace's Giant Bee has reached $9,100.00!
Perhaps never offered before so understandable excitement amongst collectors.
Some years ago, on insectnet, Dave Williams pointed out that this species, while long in the body, is actually pretty small in bulk when compared to the giant carpenter bee, Xylocopa latipes, for example. Dave posted a side by side image comparison to illustrate his point.
It would probably be much cheaper to go to fly to Indonesia, spend a month there and find onefor yourself.
Now this is just me, I would take the $9100.00, take another $5,000.00 and take summer long collecting trip out West. Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc, etc. You get the idea.
Only one problem, I would need that much more again in Drawers, Entomology Cabinets and pins. But what a journey It would be.
Of course there are some who would buy the specimen $9,100.00 and enjoy sitting in an easy chair, specimen in hand and a glow from his face.
Or, take that $9,100.00 go down the Mandy's Gentleman Club pick some gorgeous blonde with beautiful boo.....ah, just a thought.
But if it was really me, I would take that $9,100.00, and take Momma to the Vigin Islands. I can only imagine!!!