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Australian Museum's journey of discovery to Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid harks back to the golden age of scientific adventure.

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It's an old-fashioned scientific adventure story of discovery and derring-do, harking back to the golden age of natural history museums. It's a little like Indiana Jones, without the Nazis.

The speck in the ocean that is Ball's Pyramid is stranger than fiction. A curious collection of scientists and climbers have come to the remnant volcano to hunt for signs of one of the world's rarest creatures. The Lord Howe Island stick insect was once thought to be extinct, before being discovered by chance on Ball's Pyramid several decades ago. How this flightless phasmid made the journey to this lonely sea stack, several million years old, remains a mystery.

The crayfish-like insect dubbed the "land lobster" is glossy black, big enough to cover a human hand. Expedition leader Paul Flemons, manager of citizen science at the museum, hopes to find thousands of phasmids hiding in the bushes and crags across the kilometre-long rock. The plan is to take some to mainland Australia to bolster a breeding program at Melbourne Zoo, to ensure the long-term survival of the world's rarest insect.
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Australian Museum's journey of discovery to Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid harks back to the golden age of scientific adventure.

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It's an old-fashioned scientific adventure story of discovery and derring-do, harking back to the golden age of natural history museums. It's a little like Indiana Jones, without the Nazis.

The speck in the ocean that is Ball's Pyramid is stranger than fiction. A curious collection of scientists and climbers have come to the remnant volcano to hunt for signs of one of the world's rarest creatures. The Lord Howe Island stick insect was once thought to be extinct, before being discovered by chance on Ball's Pyramid several decades ago. How this flightless phasmid made the journey to this lonely sea stack, several million years old, remains a mystery.

The crayfish-like insect dubbed the "land lobster" is glossy black, big enough to cover a human hand. Expedition leader Paul Flemons, manager of citizen science at the museum, hopes to find thousands of phasmids hiding in the bushes and crags across the kilometre-long rock. The plan is to take some to mainland Australia to bolster a breeding program at Melbourne Zoo, to ensure the long-term survival of the world's rarest insect.
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It's an old-fashioned scientific adventure story of discovery and derring-do, harking back to the golden age of natural history museums. It's a little like Indiana Jones, without the Nazis.

The speck in the ocean that is Ball's Pyramid is stranger than fiction. A curious collection of scientists and climbers have come to the remnant volcano to hunt for signs of one of the world's rarest creatures. The Lord Howe Island stick insect was once thought to be extinct, before being discovered by chance on Ball's Pyramid several decades ago. How this flightless phasmid made the journey to this lonely sea stack, several million years old, remains a mystery.

The crayfish-like insect dubbed the "land lobster" is glossy black, big enough to cover a human hand. Expedition leader Paul Flemons, manager of citizen science at the museum, hopes to find thousands of phasmids hiding in the bushes and crags across the kilometre-long rock. The plan is to take some to mainland Australia to bolster a breeding program at Melbourne Zoo, to ensure the long-term survival of the world's rarest insect.
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Wot, whales or phasmids?
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ABC article on same phasmids has more on breeding program.
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Bristol zoo eggs raise hopes for endangered stick insect

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Keepers at a British zoo are celebrating the appearance of five eggs that suggest an attempt to save one of the world’s rarest creatures – the Lord Howe Island stick insect – is working.

The eggs were found at Bristol zoo gardens, which is part of a global effort to prevent the animals becoming extinct.

The zoo’s effort to save the species, which hails from a remote Australian island, began in 2015, when 300 eggs, carefully packed in sterilised sand, arrived from Melbourne zoo.

Six animals reached adulthood – three breeding pairs – and produced eggs, which started hatching in May 2017. Five of those survived and have now produced eggs of their own.

Bristol zoo said this was significant because it is the first time outside of Australia a second generation of eggs has been laid.
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Another endangered phasmid, whose native range is approx 12 acres of remote Peru.

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