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Jun. 27, 2012

Cultural Entomology: Cockroaches

by The Bug Chicks

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Cockroaches get a bad rap.  Just the word makes people “ew” and “ugh”.  Even though only 10% of species are pests of humans, we tend to associate all of them with filth.  Prejudice is a funny thing – if these insects were pink or blue, the general reaction to them would probably be much different.  They actually play a more important role in our lives than you might think.
 
This video, produced for Texas A&M University’s Department of Entomology, explores the biology, morphology and mythology surrounding these misunderstood animals.  And you won’t want to miss the hilarious mating scene!
 
 
You can find the rest of the Insect Order series on our Web site.
About The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks. They each have Masters Degrees in Entomology and love to teach people about insects and spiders.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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