SPEAKING OF STICK INSECTS ...
HUGE SPECIES REVIVED ON AUSTRALIAN ISLAND
In 1918, a large stick insect species went extinct on Lord Howe Island. The 15cm insect was consumed by ship's rats. Gene studies have revealed that the species still exists on another small island. The authorities aim to reintroduce the species to Lord Howe Island.
BACTERIA COULD IMPROVE ANTIBIOTICS
Diapherodes gigantea stick insects carry bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Scientists aim to find out if the bacteria developed their resistance in the encounter with the plants that the insect consumes. If they find how the bacteria become resistant, they might be able to prevent it.
PERFUME ATTRACTS THE PERFECT MATE
British scientists have revealed how stick insects find each other. Each species has its own individual mix of oils on its surface: a perfume that allows them to smell their way to the perfect partner, which should preferably be not too closely genetically related. This prevents genetic disease.