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A female German cockroach exhibits 'calling behavior'

An adult female German cockroach exhibits "calling behavior" to lure a mate. The female raises her wings and emits a volatile pheromone from the last abdominal segment. © Science hide caption

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In what promises to be a pest-control breakthrough, researchers have identified the pheromone that the female German cockroach uses to attract males when she's ready to mate. The scent may prove the best way yet to lure one of the world's most hated and most common cockroaches into poison traps.



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