Cockroaches

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,500 total are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests.

Among the best-known pest species are the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, which is about 30 mm (1.2 in) long, the German cockroach, Blattella germanica, about 15 mm (0.59 in) long, the Asian cockroach, Blattella asahinai, also about 15 mm (0.59 in) in length, and the Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis, about 25 mm (0.98 in). Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger, and extinct cockroach relatives and 'roachoids' such as the Carboniferous Archimylacris and the Permian Apthoroblattina were not as large as the biggest modern species.

Read more about CockroachesEtymology, Notable Species, Evolutionary History and Relationships, Behavior, Description, Role As Pests, Uses, Cultural References

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Cockroaches - Cultural References
... Because of their long, persistent association with humans, cockroaches are frequently referred to in art, literature, folk tales and theater and film and real life ... In Western culture, cockroaches are often depicted as vile and dirty pests ... This is borne out in many depictions of cockroaches, from political versions of the song La Cucaracha where political opponents are compared to cockroaches, through the 1982 movie Creepshow ...
Myth Busters (2008 Season) - Episode 97 – "Airplane On A Conveyor Belt" - Cockroaches and Radiation
... Myth statement Status Notes Cockroaches can survive the radiation of a nuclear holocaust and then inherit the Earth ... Team obtained three different kinds of insects cockroaches, flour beetles, and fruit flies, and exposed them to varying amounts of Cobalt-60 radiation ... flies and beetles performed much better than the cockroaches, with the beetles being the only insect able to survive the most lethal dose of radiation the ...
Cultural References To Cockroaches - In Written Works
... The Roaches Have No King tells the story of a humanized colony of cockroaches, who swear revenge against their hosts for renovating the kitchen and thus preventing easy access to food ... to protect books and scrolls was a metaphysical appeal to "KabiKaj," the "King of the Cockroaches." By appealing to the king to protect a manuscript, cockroaches of less ... and last page of a document or manuscript "The Page of the King of the Cockroaches", in the hope that the Cockroach King will control all other insects ...
Cultural References To Cockroaches
... persistent association with humans, cockroaches are frequently referred to in art, literature, folk tales and theater and film ... In Western culture, cockroaches are often depicted as vile and dirty pests ... This is borne out in many depictions of cockroaches, from political versions of the song La Cucaracha where political opponents are compared to ...
Cultural References To Cockroaches - In Video Games
... In the Silent Hill series of games, monsters resembling cockroaches are featured in some enclosed spaces ... Cockroaches may be combined with other creatures in Impossible Creatures ... Half-cockroaches can be used to spread the plague or defile an area of land, spreading disease to enemy creatures that cross the defiled land ...