This episode is all about what was once the rarest insect in the world – the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Dryococelus australis) – and the bizarre story of how it escaped extinction, pulling off one of the most amazing tricks of species survival the world has ever seen …
Read on for shownotes and links …
Here’s the extraordinary creature itself:
And here’s its original home, Lord Howe Island:
And here’s its secret hiding place, the amazing Ball’s Pyramid:
I mean, just look at that. For decades, that was the sanctuary for the last surviving members of an entire species. Kudos to the Lord Howe Island stick insect if you ask me.
You can read about the most recent scientific expedition to Ball’s Pyramid, with some great photos, in this cool 2017 article from The Sydney Morning Herald.
And here’s the Facebook page of the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project.
And finally, for a wonderful – kind of moving – overview of the whole, simultaneously sad and uplifting, story of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, settle down and immerse yourself in this wonderful short film from Jilli Rose: