1. Posted on 29 February, 2012

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    flavorpill:

The tree lobster, you guys! 

"On Howe, there used to be an insect, famous for being big. It’s a  stick insect, a critter that masquerades as a piece of wood, and the  Lord Howe Island version was so large — as big as a human hand — that  the Europeans labeled it a "tree lobster" because of its size and hard,  lobster-like exoskeleton. It was 12 centimeters long and the heaviest  flightless stick insect in the world. Local fisherman used to put them  on fishing hooks and use them as bait."

- Robert Krulwich

    flavorpill:

    The tree lobster, you guys! 

    "On Howe, there used to be an insect, famous for being big. It’s a stick insect, a critter that masquerades as a piece of wood, and the Lord Howe Island version was so large — as big as a human hand — that the Europeans labeled it a "tree lobster" because of its size and hard, lobster-like exoskeleton. It was 12 centimeters long and the heaviest flightless stick insect in the world. Local fisherman used to put them on fishing hooks and use them as bait."

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