Lord Howe Island Stick Insect Dryococelus australis

Dryococelus australis, locally known as the ‘land lobster', was abundant on Lord Howe Island in the Pacific until the accidental introduction of black rats in 1918 led to its rapid extinction.

Surprisingly, in 2001, a few individuals were discovered on Ball's Pyramid, a rocky sea stack 23km southeast of Lord Howe Island. A captive rearing programme is now underway which aims to produce a large number of individuals for re-introduction to Lord Howe Island.

The Museum contains a number of specimens of this species collected before the main population was wiped out.