Here's what I discovered about cockroaches when researching a science fiction short story now out for submission:
Nadezhda was a cockroach “cosmonaut” sent into space in 2007 by Russian scientists. She successfully produced 33 offspring on Earth after completing her historic mission.
- Female roaches generally initiate cockroach courtship, attracting males by emitting chemical pheromones.
- Some gender-bending roaches emit both male and female pheromones.
- Female cockroachs are capable of reproducing by parthenogenesis (without male sperm).
- Most cockroaches lay eggs, but some give birth to live young.
- Cockroaches are social insects, aggregating in response to pheromones, which they smell through their antennae.
- Despite their reputations as “filthy” pests, roaches are naturally fastidious, obsessively grooming both their antennae and feet.
Meanwhile, watch Twilight of the Cockroaches, a fun anime chronicling the end of a cockroach Gilded Age in a bachelor pad. Enjoy!