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These large bugs are detritivores , which means that they help break down decaying plant and animal matter — an essential role in any ecosystem.
They feed mainly on fruit and other plant material. Males are territorial and will defend their territory aggressively from other males. Females are not territorial. Madagascar hissing cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroach in the world.
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They are shiny brown and oval-shaped. They have no wings and a single pair of antennae. Males have large horns protruding from their heads. These roaches are known for — and named for — the hissing sounds that they make.
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They hiss by expelling air through their breathing holes. They are probably eaten by many animals, although these predator-prey relationships have not been well documented. As they grow, young Madagascar hissing cockroaches molt — or shed their exoskeletons — approximately six times in six months. They are particularly vulnerable to predators during this short period of time because until their keratin hardens, they turn completely white, making them highly visible. They look like ghost roaches!
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Males compete with each other for access to females. They ram each other with their horns and hiss at each other during battle.
The roach that succeeds in flipping its opponent wins the contest, wins the female, and hisses loudest. After mating, females store their fertilized eggs in cocoon-shaped cases in their bodies and then, after about 60 days, give birth to dozens of live young. The baby cockroaches are independent from birth. The species is well established in Madagascar and has adapted fairly well to changes in habitat.
Competitive eating is regulated, has rules, and always has a licensed emergency medical technician on hand at every event. The older you get, you start looking for something else.
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What made Archbold participate in the bug-eating contest is a bit unclear; he had eaten bugs before, said his girlfriend. He had planned on giving the female python to a friend if he won.
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Natasha Proffitt, 27, of West Palm Beach, said Archbold told her about the contest just hours before it started on Friday. He would push everything into his mouth and try to swallow it with water. He figured out what worked and he did it.
She added that the participants competed in several different rounds with different insects, and that the last contest involved the roaches, which were three or four inches long. Bernard said she did not see Archbold immediately after the competition ended.
He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death. He said people may have allergic and asthmatic responses to cockroaches, such as homes infested with roaches, and children are very seriously allergic to them. It would take time for bacteria to be a problem.
David George Gordon has made a career out of educating people about edible bugs.
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And though he has hosted his own cockroach-eating contests, he is dismayed by events and reality television programs that focus more on the gross-out factor, than on showing people the culinary side of insects. Which is kind of like saying we eat oysters on the half shell because we need protein.
This is not about nutrition. This is legitimate comfort food in many parts of the world.