Why are cockroaches called cockroaches
Cockroaches are called cockroaches because of their long association with humans and their frequent appearances in popular culture. Cockroaches have been around since classical antiquity, and due to humans' evolutionary aversion to cockroaches, they have become an iconic, feared pest. The common name "cockroach" can be traced back to the 16th century, and is believed to come from the Spanish word "cucaracha".
Subsequent variations may have come from the Latin word "blatta", which means "insect". Cockroaches have been known to survive without a head for up to a week, and have emergent behavior in which group or swarm behavior emerges from a simple set of individual interactions. The cockroach is and has been one of the most studied insects, and due to its sporty design and qualities, has become the preferred test subject.
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