Why Evolution Is True

In March I did a post about the Lord Howe Island stick insect Dryococelis australis, the heaviest flightless insect in the world (0.9 oz or 25 gm). Go have a look at the pictures and read the story.  Anyhow, it was nearly extinct, but a few were recovered by climbers on a spire of rock (“Ball’s Pyramid”) offshore of Lord Howe (these islands are in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand). The insects are now being bred in captivity for reintroduction in the wild.

Over at Scientific American, Bora Zivkovic has posted a really lovely video of one of these stick insects hatching in the Melbourne Zoo, where they’re being brought back from extinction. (Becky Crew, also at Sci Am, give a fuller story).

 

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