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Hatching of The Lord Howe Island stick insect

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Video of the Week #57 August 22nd, 2012:

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching from Zoos Victoria on Vimeo.

From: Lord Howe Island stick insects are going home by Becky Crew at Running Ponies.

Source: Zoos Victoria

This week’s video showcases the hatching process of one of the rarest, and largest, insects in the world – at the Melbourne Zoo. The Lord Howe Island stick insect will grow up to be a flightless, nocturnal insect that stretches up to 12 cm long, its solid, shiny black or rust-coloured body weighing up to 25 grams. Learn More about efforts to conserve this rare species in Becky Crew’s latest post on Running Ponies.



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  1. 1. fabrizio 7:37 am 08/23/2012

    poor thing how long to get all paws out of that egg! I wonder whether they usually hatch in full light or whether the photo lamps made the egg liquid more dense?

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  2. 2. Greg Angelo 8:13 pm 08/23/2012

    As a citizen of Melbourne, Australia I’m so proud of the efforts of our Melbourne zoo staff in preserving this very rare insect, and I must say I found the video presentation of this insect hatching as being absolutely stunning.

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  3. 3. Raoul 1:28 am 08/24/2012

    There is a “cousin” in Chile named Palote, or big stick, with a body, without legs, of about 20 cm long, or more.

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  4. 4. snowleapard 4:30 pm 08/24/2012

    I am amazed at how plant like the egg appears. The perfectly round ‘hatch’ door on the other hand looks so mechanically engineered. Does any other species have eggs that are simular in construction? The music for the video was great. Thanks Melbourne Zoo for the opportunity to see this rare, beautiful and BIG insect come into the world. Best of luck in your endevors to protect them.

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  5. 5. gkaicker 12:44 pm 08/25/2012

    Amazing video! Where were the eggs buried? some kind of bed of synthetic beads?

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