VIP Newsflash!

6 June 2014

The recovery breeding program for Lord Howe Island Stick Insects reached another magic milestone this morning with the hatching out of a nymph at the Lord Howe Island Central School.

Melbourne Zoo Invertebrate Keeper Rohan Cleave recently visited the island and helped to set up a display of the endangered insects at the school, so students could find out more about a species that was believed to be extinct for half a century.

Students and teachers were very excited this morning to find that one of the eggs had hatched overnight, and they have named their first hatchling ‘Onesy’.

The school immediately sent Rohan a photo of their VIP : Very Important Phasmid!

Melbourne Zoo is now breeding the 11th generation of these amazing insects since the original pair arrived more than ten years ago from the desolate and forbidding sea stack, Ball’s Pyramid.

The aim of the breeding program is to maintain a healthy population until the time comes to reintroduce the species to its native habitat on the subtropical paradise of its original home island.