February 18, 2005

Even Cockroaches are Pigs

Deep down, whether it’s under the skin or beneath the shell, men are all the same: The Los Angeles Times today reports: “In the long and seemingly futile quest to build a better roach trap, researchers have identified the come-hither chemical of the female German cockroach and produced a synthetic version that makes males come running in fewer than nine seconds. . . . The compound that lures males to their potential mates is so powerful that cockroaches near death from starvation will forgo peanut butter for a chance to copulate, said Coby Schal, a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. . . . ‘Invariably, the male will choose the sex pheromone over the food, even though he may die on the way,’ Schal said.”


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