Cockroach immune to freezing temperatures found on the High Line

The species Periplaneta japonica has never been seen before in the United States—until it was spotted in NYC

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A terribly staunch type of cockroach was found on the High Line. The species Periplaneta japonica has never been seen before in the United States, and it has the dubious distinction from the already-tough pests for its ability to survive outdoors in freezing temperatures. According to scientists interviewed by the Associated Press, it's likely the nasty bugs made their way here as "a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants used to adorn the park."


The good news? The insects will probably spend more time battling native roaches for survival than actually reproducing. File under gross—but not alarming.


(h/t Associated Press)



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