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Cockroaches belong to the insect Order Blattodea. Blattodea came from the Greek word blatta which means "cockroach". The insect order Mantodea, Isoptera, and Blattodea are usually combined by entomologists into a higher group called Dictyoptera.

The earliest recorded cockroach-like fossils were from the Carboniferous period (354-295 million years ago). The fossils have long ovipositors and greatly differ from modern cockroaches. The fossils are believed to be the ancestors of mantids as well as modern cockroaches. The fossils with short ovipositors appear in the early Cretaceous period and are similar to that of "modern" cockroaches. Current evidences suggest that termites may have been directly evolved from true cockroaches.

The American cockroach, Periplaneta Americana, and the German cockroach, Blatella germanica, are among the most well-known species. The former has a body length of about three centimeter while the latter is about 1 centimeters in length. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger.

Cockroaches have six legs and at least eighteen knees. There are about 3,500 cockroach species in six families existing worldwide. Most cockroach species live in the Tropics. They are found worldwide except in the Polar region and places that are above 6,500 feet. They can endure temperatures as cold as 32F but no lower than that.

When cockroaches infest buildings, they are considered pests. However, only a small handful of species is considered pests compared to the other thousands of cockroach species.

A cockroach uses its antennae or feelers as noses. They have a great sense of smell. A distinctive odor is recognized by a cockroach's family and friends. Female cockroaches produce pheromones (body chemical) in order to attract their male counterparts.

The sperm of a male cockroach is wrapped in a package called spermatophore. This spermatophore is transferred into a female cockroach. Spermatophores are sometimes wrapped in a protein-rich wrapper which will be used by the female cockroach to nourish her young.

It was discovered that some female cockroaches can only mate once. They are then pregnant the rest of their lifespan. The egg cases are sometimes incubated inside a female cockroach body until they hatch. Upon hatching, they will stay with the mother for about a day or two.

Some interesting facts about cockroaches

The heart of a cockroach is just a simple tube with valves. The heart can pump the cockroach's blood backwards and forwards. If the heart stops, it will not harm the cockroach.

A cockroach can live without its head for about a week. It only dies because of dehydration and thirst (no head means no mouth). Water is more vital than food. They can live without food for a month but cockroaches only lives for a week without water.

Cockroaches possess a set of little claws on their feet that enables them to climb. They also can run with a speed of up to three miles an hour.

Cockroaches are lazy. They spend seventy-five percent of their time resting.

Cockroaches are very sneaky. A young cockroach can squeeze into a crack as thin as 0.5 millimeters. Adult male cockroaches need a space of 1.6 millimeters to squeeze in. Greater space is needed by a pregnant cockroach (about 4.5 millimeters).

They can hold their breath for about forty minutes.

Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.

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