Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years by Robert Krulwich, npr: Amazing story of the Lord Howe Walking Stick (Dryococelus australis) with a video of a baby hatching from an egg. -I read this article the other day.
Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years
When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick.
Nymph, Dryococelus australis was thought to be extinct, following the accidental introduction of rats to Lord Howe Island in 1918, but has since been discovered on a small volcanic outcrop called Ball’s Pyramid.