Disgustingly Amazing Facts About Cockroaches and Beetles

Love them, or hate them, roaches and other beetles are quite amazing creatures.

The largest order of animals on earth is the beetle family of insects. Some of these creatures are very beautiful and others are quite disgusting, according to your point of view, of course.

Goliath Beetle

The African Goliath beetle can weigh more than 110grms. This beetle is a scarab beetle and they are a vital part of nature’s cleanup system. They scour the forests and trees for dead wood and grubs. They recycle these materials, clean them up and return them to the forest floor. The larvae of these beetles can grow up to 6 inches long and weigh 3.5 ounces (100grms.)

There are 300, 000 known species of beetle on earth and scientists say that there are probably many more that still remain undiscovered.

American Cockroach

A cockroach can survive for up to week without its head. It eventually dies of thirst because it can’t eat or drink without a head. (Aw!)

There are dozens of species of cockroach and they are found all over the world from the tropics to the cold arctic north. They are members of the blaberidae family.

Some breeds of tropical cockroach can travel fifty times their own body length in just one second. This is the equivalent of a runner covering 100 metres in one second.

A Tropical Cockroach

This six inch South American tropical cockroach is quite common. A cockroach has 6 legs, 18 knees and spends 75% of its life resting. It also has minute claws on its legs which enable it to run up walls so quickly.

Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives.

According to the experts cockroaches taste like apples. I think I’ll take their word for it!

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  1. Dee Huff Says...

    On April 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Interesting …. fancy living for a week with no head. Where’s the cockroach’s brain then?


  2. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On April 10, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Dear me! Once I found a cockroach leg in my cornmeal porridge when I was little. Needless to say, this has put me off completely. I don’t know how people can stand to eat them, they have that horrible white stuff in their backs when you step on them. yuk!


  3. louie jerome Says...

    On April 10, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for that graphic reminder, Anne! Yuk! Your description is worse that the picture. LOL


  4. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On April 11, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I’ve heard that they will survive global warming too! yuk!


  5. Alexa Gates Says...

    On April 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    great info!


  6. Gail Nobles Says...

    On April 12, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Great article and photos!


  7. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On April 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    This topic creeps me out, but then so does my latest one on snakes. Fascinating – but yuk.
    Louie, we are writers, so we provide information. Right? And you do it so well.
    Thanks and take care.


  8. Nick Kenney Says...

    On April 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    YUCK AND YIKES!! No thanks to eating them they’re disgusting!!


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