Six-Legged Giant in Secret Hideaway For 80 Years

23 Nov

Via NPR: At 225 feet above sea level, hanging on the rock surface, scientists found a giant insect that was thought to be extinct. On a small, spindly little bush were creatures as big as a human hand — that the Europeans labeled it a “tree lobster” because of its size and hard, lobster-like exoskeleton. It was 12 centimeters long and the heaviest flightless stick insect in the world. Long ago, local fishermen used to put them on fishing hooks and use them as bait. With an ambitious breeding program, they are slowly coming back into their own.



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