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Is there a predatory roach out there?


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Roaches are opportunistic feeders, they will eat live prey if it's weaker and easily consumed (fresh molts especially), but generally they will only eat dead and decaying insects/animals. That being said, they will readily eat oranges over freshly molted kin any day.

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Periplaneta americana and Eublaberus prosticus are among the more daring predators. Not even either of these regularly eats live, healthy insects, but they can if they feel like it.

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They will eat anything, true to their omnivorous nature. In the past there was a family of predacious roaches, but it is believed that these were outcompeted by mantids for that niche. Who knows, there may be a strictly predacious species lurking in a jungle somewhere. :)

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