The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR

Fast forward to 2001, when two Australian scientists, David Priddel and Nicholas Carlile, with two assistants, decided to take a closer look. From the water, they'd seen a few patches of vegetation that just might support walking sticks. So, they boated over. ("Swimming would have been much easier," Carlile said, "but there are too many sharks.") They crawled up the vertical rock face to about 500 feet, where they found a few crickets, nothing special. But on their way down, on a precarious, unstable rock surface, they saw a single melaleuca bush peeping out of a crack and, underneath, what looked like fresh droppings of some large insect.

Where, they wondered, did that poop come from?

via www.npr.org

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Comments

It's a good story. You'd have thought that Aussies would welcome any insect that isn't venomous. Other things being equal I'd swap twig insects for rats.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 10, 2019 12:18:12 PM