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Female Perisphaerus sp. by melvynyeo Female Perisphaerus sp. by melvynyeo
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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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Ozzapotamus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist 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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Davenwolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks you! :)
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist 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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
haha :)Thank you!! :)
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anytime! Keep on challenging the cultural norms my freind.
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feldrand Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
unbelievable... :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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feldrand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome... :D
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rubenimus21 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wait, milk?
so the cockroach is like a mammal? :o
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Haha... i guess they both have similar behaviour towards their young.
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Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh THAT is so cool! The 'milk' bit is quite fascinating!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Nite-Lik Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Wow this looks so cool!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, it looks so cool! :wow:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Informative and interesting description . Amazingly captured :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
You're welcome :)
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating creature!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
YW!
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Daimera Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Oh man, I love pill roaches. This one is particularly beautiful with that beetle-esque iridescent sheen.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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grsmnky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you! :)
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