Cock roaches are the most common and most highly adapted creature other than man. Some biologists consider insects to be one of the successful groups of animals to ever inhabit the planet, and cockroaches (often referred to as roaches) are one of the most adaptable and successful insect groups. They look the same today as they did in the fossil record. There is approximately 3,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, with about 70 species found in the United States. They can eat about anything : Glue, grease, soap, wallpaper paste, leather, book bindings, or even hair. Some species can go as long as 6 weeks without a meal. They can live for weeks without their heads. That is because their brain is scattered throughout their bodies. Many cockroaches can fly. They are also fast for their size. They can scurry at 59 inches per minute, which converts to about 3.4 miles per hour. In terms of size, this would be like running three times faster than a cheetah.
Only a few of the cockroach species found in the United States routinely enter and infest our dwellings. The most common of these are the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica), American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana), Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis), Brownbanded Cockroach (Supella longipalpa), Smokybrown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa), Pennsylvania Woods Cockroach (Parcoblatta pennsylvanica), Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae), Brown Cockroach (Periplaneta brunea), Field Cockroach (Blattella vaga), and the Asian Cockroach (Blattella asahinai).
A recent study published Thursday, May 23, 2013, in the journal "Science", shows glucose-averse German Cockroaches avoiding a dab of jelly which contains glucose and favored the peanut butter. Some cockroaches had lost their sweet tooth, rejecting the corn syrup meant to attract them. Jules Silverman, North Carolina State University Entomologist said, "Cockroaches are highly adaptable and they're doing pretty well in the arms race with us."
I believe cockroaches are not a product of evolution, just like man is not the product of evolution but a marvelous creation of God. Even though we think cockroaches are nothing but pests that invade our homes, God created them for His purpose and pleasure. "Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11) (KJV).
I praise God for the wonderful universe and earth He created for our home. I especially thank Him for the precious gift of eternal life He has given me through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
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