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The Bombay Canary

Oh yes, it is!

ok, ok, this is better known as The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) to you and me, but is also colloquially known as the waterbug - though is not a true waterbug since it is not aquatic. It is also known as the ship cockroach, kakerlac, and, like i said, the Bombay canary.

Fascinating insects, very hard to kill, and American cockroach nymphs are capable of limb regeneration! They do not tolerate cold temperatures, so if you do not like them, you can live in a fridge. Now, what do they eat? They are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders and it is recorded that they eat materials such as cheese, beer, tea, leather, bakery products, starch in book bindings, manuscripts, glue, hair, flakes of dried skin, dead animals, plant materials, soiled clothing, and glossy paper with starch sizing. They are particularly fond of fermenting foods and they have also been observed to feed upon dead or wounded cockroaches of their own or other species. Nom nom, as my daughter Sophie would say. Oh, yeah, they can also spread diseases such as Salmonella.

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