Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bugs in the news: Giant Stick Insects.

This morning, I read a cool story about some giant stick insects that became extinct from a tiny island, only to be re-discovered decades later on a nearby, even tinier island (really nothing more than a rocky remnant of a volcano that juts out of the sea, off the coast of Australia.) The story is here, and it's written by Robert Krulwich, who is one of my favorite PBS/NPR science guys, so if you like him too, you can imagine his voice when you read the story. There's a video at the end, too, of a giant stick insect hatching in captivity at the Melbourne Zoo. I have shared it below, in case you don't want to click over to read the whole story but you really should.

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching from Zoos Victoria on Vimeo.

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