The birth of an enormous "tree lobster" is an absolutely alien…

Remember the Lord Howe Island stick insect, that massive "tree lobster" researchers thought had been extinct for decades? Rohan Cleave of the Melbourne Zoo has filmed one of these arthropod giants emerging from an egg. The insect spends six months incubating — when it's time to leave the egg, the animal literally (and… » 3/01/12 3:35pm 3/01/12 3:35pm

The "rarest insect in the world" also happens to be freaking enormous

In 1918, a battered British supply ship was forced to run aground off the coast of Lord Howe Island, a volcanic remnant located hundreds of miles off Australia's eastern seaboard. There, the ship's crew was received by the island's famous Dryococelus australis, a positively massive, hand-sized species of stick insect… » 2/29/12 1:00pm 2/29/12 1:00pm