The Fascinating Cockroach


Reading — Intermediate Level
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Cockroaches are an ancient group, dating back at least 320 million years ago. Cockroaches are somewhat generalized insects without special adaptations like the sucking mouthparts of aphids and other bugs; they have chewing mouthparts and are likely among the most primitive of living neopteran insects. They are common and hardy insects, and can tolerate a wide range of environments from Arctic cold to tropical heat. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger than temperate species.

Some species, such as the gregarious German cockroach, have an elaborate social structure involving common shelter, social dependence, information transfer and kin recognition. Cockroaches have appeared in human culture since classical antiquity. They are popularly depicted as dirty pests, though the great majority of species are inoffensive and live in a wide range of habitats around the world.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Does a cockroach's anatomy differ greatly from other insects with wings?

  2. Which fact is FALSE?

  3. Which cockroaches are biggest?

  4. What is a trait cockroaches share with humans?

  5. The number of cockroaches considered pests are   .


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  1. Have you ever had cockroaches in your home? What did you do to combat them?

  2. Are you afraid of any type of insect or animal? Explain.

  3. What do you think is the most important thing to do to prevent pests in a home?


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      • the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment
      • a small bug which feeds by sucking sap from plants
      • tending to associate with others of one's kind
      • capable of enduring difficult conditions; robust
      • blood relative; family
      • classification group that includes most parts of the winged insects, specifically those that can flex their wings over their abdomens


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