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The Lord Howe Stick Insect, also known as “land lobster” is one of the rarest insects in the world.
In fact, when rats arrived on the NSW island in 1917, they feasted on the bugs, causing the population to decline. The species was declared extinct in 1960.
In 2001, a group of brave scientists scaled Ball’s Pyramid, an erosional remnant of a shield volcano that juts violently out of the Pacific Ocean. There, they found a miracle: a small population of tree lobsters.
But were they the long lost Lord Howe stick insects?