nanonaturalist: A Love Letter to Cockroaches C…


A Love Letter to Cockroaches

Cockroaches, I love you. You are an essential part of the ecosystem, eating dead leaves and vegetation, and providing us with rich, fertile soil. You are fascinating and beautiful. I wish more people realized that only a few species are “pests” who have adapted to survive indoors with humans, and that most of you lovely creatures want nothing more than to scurry around outdoors and go about your lives. You are excellent mothers, carrying your eggs everywhere you go in a case called an “ootheca,” until your babies hatch. You are so wonderful. <3 <3 <3

1. Arenivaga sp. [link]
2. Surinam Cockroach [link]
3. Pale-bordered Field Cockroach [link]
4. Banana Cockroach [link]
5. Smoky-brown Cockroach [link]
6 & 7. Gyna caffrorum [link] – Seen in Malawi
8-10. Smoky-brown Cockroach female carrying ootheca

Photos taken throughout 2017 & 2018, all at my home outside Austin, TX except for Gyna caffrorum, which was seen in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Posted June 13, 2018