The Lord Howe Island stick insect is a species of stick insect which lives on the Lord Howe Island Group. It was thought to be extinct by 1930, only to be rediscovered in 2001. It was extinct in its largest habitat, Lord Howe Island, and has been called "the rarest insect in the world", as the rediscovered population consisted of 24 individuals living on the small islet of Ball's Pyramid.

Class: Insecta Order: Phasmatodea Family: Phasmatidae Genus: Dryococelus Species: australis Common Name: Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

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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Lord Howe stick insect (Dryococelus Australis) The biggest insect in the world and one of the rarest.

Dryococelus australis

A critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) at the Melbourne Zoo.

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.

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The Lord Howe Island stick insect, Dryococelus australis, once believed to be extinct, was found living under a small shrub high up Ball's Pyramid in 2001.

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Dryococelus australis

A critically endangered Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) at the Melbourne Zoo.

Tree lobsters, also called Lord Howe Island stick insects (Dryococelus australis), are a species endemic to the remote Lord Howe Island Group, an irregularly shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

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Dryococelus australis, commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster, is a species of stick insect which lives on the Lord Howe Island Group. It was thought to be extinct by 1920, only to be rediscovered in 2001. It is extinct in its largest habitat, Lord Howe Island, and has been called "the rarest insect in the world", as the rediscovered population consisted of 24 individuals living on the small islet of Ball's Pyramid.

Dryococelus australis, commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster, is a species of stick insect which lives on the Lord Howe Island Group. It was thought to be extinct by 1920, only to be rediscovered in 2001. It is extinct in its largest habitat, Lord Howe Island, and has been called "the rarest insect in the world", as the rediscovered population consisted of 24 individuals living on the small islet of Ball's Pyramid.

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.

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.

A tiny island sits almost four hundred miles from the Eastern coast of Australia. Upon that island once lived a large population of giant stick insects—six inch-long “land lobsters” dwelling in trees—the Dryococelus australis. But a hundred years ago, mankind came along, bringing pests, black rats, with them. The bugs went extinct at the hands of the rats.

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Dryococelus australis, Lord Howe stick insect (nhm, 2013)

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