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earth-song: Extinct For 80 Years: Giant Walking Stick Rediscovered Two Australian scientists, David Priddel and Nicholas Carlile have rediscovered Dryococelus australis, a giant walking stick, found on “Ball’s Pyramid.” It was thought to have died out. [read more]

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Krulwich Wonders...

Giant "Tree Lobster" Forget about the bugs! Check out that man's eyebrows!!

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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, also called a "tree lobster" : Howe Island walking sticks seem to pair off — an unusual insect behavior — and Jane Goodall remarked of "how they sleep at night, in pairs, the male with three of his legs protectively over the female beside him."

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El Dryococelus australis copula con las hembras de su especie para después matarlas.

two of the coolest islands on earth; ball's pyramid in the foreground, with lord howe island on the horizon. a unique species of stick insect, believed to have been extinct for almost 100 years, was found living under a single myrtle shrub on this tiny island.

Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster.