A strange giant insect species, known as Dryococelus australis, was thought to be extinct for over 80 years. Lobster-like, 4.7in long and able to masquerade as a piece of wood – these creatures were once the heaviest flightless insects. They were first found on Lord Howe Island but were believed to be extinct after 1920.
However, in 2001 two Australian scientists found 24 giant insects in Ball’s Pyramid ( an erosional remainder of an extinct volcano). They turned out to be Dryococelus australis. The scientists had no idea how the insects managed to get to Ball’s Pyramid. And they didn’t know if they should move the creatures at all.
Two years passed in meetings, studies and discussions and, finally, the Australian government decided to retrieve four creatures. The first pair died within two weeks, but the scientists and zoologists managed to accomplish a breeding with the second pair called “Adam and Eve”.
In 2008 the eggs of these giant lobster-like insects reached 11, 376 aside from another 700 adults in the captive population.