1. This fiesty little harbinger of the world’s demise is Periplaneta japonica, a strain of cockroach so hearty that it can withstand the harshest of winter’s chill.
The male spreads its wings, those who gaze upon its grim majesty weep and despair.
3. Insect bioligists from Rutgers University have confirmed that a specimen discovered on New York City’s High Line is indeed Periplaneta japonica. It is the first recorded instance of the super roach stateside. The collective losing of shit has begun.
The alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, progenitors of madness and suffering.
9. UPDATE, Nov. 11th 11:30a.m. — The High Line has issued a statement saying they take issue with the findings of the Rutgers study, but are looking into it regardless:
We spotted species Periplaneta japonica last year and, as with all insects and other creatures that inhabit the space, have been monitoring any impact. Fortunately, we do not believe this insect is having a negative impact on the park.
The study speculated the source of the insect’s arrival, but we understand it did not check other parks, natural spaces and buildings nearby – so it’s truly anyone’s guess! We source our plants through plant nurseries located mostly in the northeastern U.S., which go through routine USDA inspections to identify harmful pest/disease issues. No issue was raised with us.
Our team of experts will continue to keep an eye on it.
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