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Female Perisphaerus sp.
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Published: February 19, 2013
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These cockroaches - that’s right, not pill bugs, these are in fact cockroaches - are one of the most fascinating insects. Cockroaches of the genus Perisphaerus roll up into a ball like pill millipedes or woodlice. They also have “parental care” for their nymphs, providing them with nutrition and protection. When nymphs are born, they are white, blind and have strange tube-like mouthparts, which are unique amongst cockroaches. The mother has four apertures at the bases of her mid- and hind legs into which the mouthparts of the nymphs exactly fit. The nymphs are believed to suck up a nutrient-rich ‘milk’ from these pores. The nymphs cling beneath the mother’s body for the first two instars, and only in the third instar do they develop normal eyes and body pigmentation.

These are affectionately called “armadillo roaches’ in the hobby.
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OzzapotamusHobbyist Artist
Wow, I never thought I would consider a roach to be beautiful, but this is amazing! And I love the copper tones!
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beautiful 
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GratefulReflexHobbyist Digital Artist
wow, you've single-handedly made roaches just a tad less gross. This is an incredible picture and great information.
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GratefulReflexHobbyist Digital Artist
anytime! Keep on challenging the cultural norms my freind.
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feldrandHobbyist Photographer
unbelievable... :D
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feldrandHobbyist Photographer
you are welcome... :D
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rubenimus21Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wait, milk?
so the cockroach is like a mammal? :o
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Haha... i guess they both have similar behaviour towards their young.
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Dread-and-DreamsHobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh THAT is so cool! The 'milk' bit is quite fascinating!
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Wow this looks so cool!
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, it looks so cool! :wow:
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Informative and interesting description . Amazingly captured :)
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ratravarmanHobbyist Photographer
Fascinating creature!
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ratravarmanHobbyist Photographer
YW!
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Oh man, I love pill roaches. This one is particularly beautiful with that beetle-esque iridescent sheen.
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