Too bad these guys are almost extinct. At least if our kitchens were infected with these guys we could save on electricity. Mine would be so bright we would have to wear shades! Quick call the exterminator.. Sorry sir they are on the extinct list.
This Is A New Specimen Recently Discovered In 2012, This cockroach is native to Ecuador,
It Is A Glowing Cockroach. Since the first discovery of a luminescent cockroach in 1999, more than a dozen species have come to light. All are rare and, interestingly, so far only found in remote areas far from light pollution. The latest addition to this growing list is Lucihormetica Luckae, it may be endangered or possibly already extinct. The species may be most remarkable because the size and placement of its lamps suggest that it is using light to mimic toxic luminescent click beetles.
Lucihormetica luckae is a species of giant cockroach, The Blaberidae Family . The species may be threatened, or even extinct, as only one specimen has ever been collected, 70 years ago. In addition the southern american volcano -tungurahua , that served as the species’ habitat, erupted in 1999.
Lucihormetica luckae’s back carapace features two large and one small spots inhabited by bacteria that glow when exposed to fluorescent light. The evolutionary purpose of this biolumenscence is to mimic the appearance of the toxic click beetle (pyrophorus) that emits light at the same wave length. This makes it likely that Luihormetica Luckae is the first known species to use bioluminescence for defensive mimicry.
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