The Lord Howe stick insect, also known as the “land lobster”, is one of the rarest insects in the world.
In fact, when the rats arrived on NSW Island in 1917, they feasted on the insects, causing the population to decline. The species was declared extinct in 1960.
In 2001, a brave group of scientists climbed Ball’s Pyramid, an eroding 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 these the long-lost Lord Howe stick insects?