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news: weird contraption shows femal roaches reproduce faster when " touched"


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I think it's more of a - "I'm surrounded by other roaches who are calm and therefore there are no threats nearby, so it's really safe to have babies" type thing. Plus, safety in numbers. The one article I read about this said that if the fake antenna were frantic and pounding, rather than slow and gentle, that they didn't produce nymphs either, which makes sense since a female wouldn't want to produce young in an unsafe environment (frantic antenna mean panicking roaches) and then put herself at risk or waste the time and nutrients on a brood that isn't going to survive.

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