Elizabeth Preston Schoyer
Ball's Pyramid
2012
oil and pencil
42x60"
Dryococellus Australis, or “tree lobsters", are the heaviest wingless insects in the world and endemic to Lord Howe Island. In 1960 some contemporary explorers discovered corpses of tree lobsters on the volcanic island of Ball’s Pyramid, which is 13 miles away from Lord Howe Island. The mystery is how the insects, which were presumed to be extinct, managed to reach Ball’s Pyramid.
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