I guess roaches now aren't just those "trying hard butterflies" that crazily fly around your house like a helicopter that's about to crush anywhere. These roaches' dreams are starting to come true little by little. Just take a look at this tiny one!
See? They may be able to pollinate such flowers too! This cockcroach called Moluchia brevipennis
is native to central Chile's scrublands and doesn't need to scurry over your foods. (See video
"People think of them as being in the streets or in the trash, but there are these wild cockroaches hanging out at the tops of tall flowers," says study co-author Cristian Villagra
, an entomologist at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación in Santiago, Chile.
"Kids are not scared of cockroaches, but as they grow older and become adults, then they get freaked out by them," he added. "We want to give people an opportunity to learn about these insects."
Together with his team, they found that when the dusk comes, these roaches wander around to eat pollen from many native plant species (i.e. evening primrose) and lay their eggs (ootecae) only on a plant called Puya.
They, along with other insects, feed on pollen for it’s a “really energy-packed, nice tasty treat,” says University of Arizona entomologist Katy Prudic
, who wasn't involved in the study.
"What you would think of as a vile organism may be important to help these plants make more babies," she added. "It's fun to think of cockroaches as more than something that you want to squish."
Does this mean you wouldn't be a hero anymore when you stomp on a frenzied cockroach? Will they be really as important as butterflies soon enough?
Well, they're not as magical anyway. Right? Riigghhht??