Video of Lord Howe Island stick insect hatching

I was captivated by the very-rare-but-getting-much-less-so Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) when I visited the island, and wrote about it here.

New Scientist recently posted a wonderful video of a LHI stick insect hatching. You can see it here. It’s fascinating to watch the nymph emerge … and emerge … and emerge … and emerge … from the comparatively tiny egg. Check it out!

Sir David Attenborough was recently in Melbourne and made their acquaintance – you can read about it here.

And to get an idea of what has been learned by breeding them, check out the “Husbandry Manual for the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect” here.

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