Cockroaches' Weird Grooming Behavior Explained

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Perhaps Fluffy the cat let roaches and other insects in on a little secret about cleanliness: Turns out, the creepy crawlies incessantly groom themselves to keep their antennae free from environmental pollutants and chemicals the insects themselves produce, a new study shows.
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“Proud White Woman for life!”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#1 Feb 4, 2013
So cockroaches are not as filthy as people think. I would have never guessed that they clean themselves. However, I don't want even a clean roach on me or crawling on my food.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Feb 4, 2013
They do this while walking around through dog poop and eating rotting food. Very clean creatures, eh?

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#3 Feb 4, 2013
Way back before internet, I saw a documentary that was hosted by (I think) Alan Alda.

It was about the micro world and things you could see under x1000 magnification.

One of the most interesting parts of the show was the filming of insects indoors with a radio playing.

The insects were literally be-bopping down to the music.
Roaches were the most responsive.
Squatting up and down, lifting and lowering legs, and turning their little heads
in time to the music.
This was one of the funniest things I ever saw.

Still wouldn't want them in my kitchen, LOL.

“Proud White Woman for life!”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#4 Feb 4, 2013
TenderTink wrote:
Way back before internet, I saw a documentary that was hosted by (I think) Alan Alda.
It was about the micro world and things you could see under x1000 magnification.
One of the most interesting parts of the show was the filming of insects indoors with a radio playing.
The insects were literally be-bopping down to the music.
Roaches were the most responsive.
Squatting up and down, lifting and lowering legs, and turning their little heads
in time to the music.
This was one of the funniest things I ever saw.
Still wouldn't want them in my kitchen, LOL.
That sounds a bit like Joe's Apartment. You might find it on Youtube if Google didn't pull it for copyright reasons. That is a short MTV movie where the roaches saved the city.

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