New Species of Glow-in-the-Dark CockroachJanay Rickwalder
Friday, May 24, 2013
As if cockroaches weren’t
already creepy enough, researchers recently discovered a
new species in Ecuador with a luminescent exoskeleton.
Identified as one of the
top 10 new animal species of 2012, this glow-in-the-dark
cockroach appears to mimic the toxic click beetle, which uses its
luminescent trait to ward off predators.
The new cockroach species was identified from a 70-year-old
specimen and may be endangered or even extinct. More than a dozen
other species of glowing cockroaches have been found since 1999,
but all have been identified in secluded areas, making the chance
of one scurrying across the kitchen floor extremely low.
While it likely wouldn’t be hard to miss a glowing cockroach,
it’s not always as easy to spot more common species in the house.
cockroaches from taking up residence in the home, be sure to
regularly dispose of garbage, and keep basements and crawlspaces
well ventilated and dry.