Lord howe island stick insect
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan CleaveWinner of a 2016 Whitley Award Commendation for Childrens Conservation Book
Sometimes a story of animal survival in the wild is so unbelievable that you couldnt possibly think it was true. This is one such story, of how a few dedicated people rediscovered a lost species, and others are working together to save it from extinction.
Phasmid presents the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid - aka Stick Insect. Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometers off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. It is now officially known as a Lazarus species and has attracted the attention of zoo goers, tourists, naturalists Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough and millions of viewers on Vimeo.
With a captivating narrative by Rohan Cleave and stunning watercolor illustrations by renowned artist Coral Tulloch, Phasmid is a positive story about one species incredible story of survival in a time of worldwide species decline. It will help to inspire young readers to think about the survival of all species, including insects.
Named an Honour Book for The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (2016) and shortlisted for The Wilderness Societys Annual Environment Award for Childrens Literature (2016).
Lord Howe Island Stick Insects
Giant stick insects found on Lord Howe Island a genetic match for 'extinct' phasmids
It remains a critically endangered species. The insects are wingless and nocturnal, feeding only on one species of shrub. There are individuals left in the one remaining population. The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect was driven to the brink of extinction by Black Rats early last century, and the rats remain a serious threat. Despite the rough seas around Ball's Pyramid making it impossible to land a boat, a rescue team managed to bring two breeding pairs back to mainland Australia in Melbourne Zoo now plays a vital role in the captive breeding of this species. Leadbeater's Possum Lowland population.
Scientific Name Dryococelus australis. Lord Howe Island stick insects are coloured a golden honey brown. Running down the abdomen is a faint cream stripe. Between each joint is a grey membrane. Males have thicker antenna and thighs than females along with a narrower abdomen. On the hind femurs of the males are two large spines.
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Their fall occurred after black rats infested their remote volcanic habitat in and devoured them. Could it be true? They were astonished to find a tiny population of the insects surviving on one lone, scruffy shrub, clinging to life on a 60 degree slope of the barren rock. It has a stout body—females have a broad abdomen with an ovipositor while males are more slender but have longer and thicker antennae and enlarged hind legs. Juveniles, called nymphs, are bright green for the first few months of life and active during the day; adults are a dark, glossy brown-black. Another name for a stick insect is phasmid.