Glowing Cockroaches with their own Set of Headlights
So when the big boom goes and nuclear war has decimated all living things on earth…there will be still light. Why? Because the only known species believed to be able to survive the bomb has its own set of frickin’ headlights.
Scientists dub this uber rare 24-millimeter-long cockroach Lucihormetica luckae, which along with the other 12 species of its genus form one of only three groups of insects that can produce light (fireflies are another).
The insect’s light-producing organs—two large, eyelike spots on the roach’s back, and a much smaller dot located just behind one of those spots—are bacteria-filled reservoirs in the insect’s exoskeleton.
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