(THE GUARDIAN) — Cockroaches may be ugly, they may be among the most loathed creatures on the planet but at least, scientists say, they have personality.
Researchers studying the behaviour of the insects have discovered that far from simply being a homogenous mass they have individual character traits.
The discovery is unlikely to change perceptions of them from skittering vermin to desirable beasts but it could go some way to explaining their evolutionary success.
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Scientists observed the character traits as they studied the way the “gregarious insect” seeks shelter when they come out into the open.