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The Karate Kickin’ Cockroach Articles

Meet the karate cockroach and other hard-kicking animals From kangaroos to kiwis, animals have found that a swift kick is often the best defense.


The emerald jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) is renowned for its ability to zombify the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) with a sting to the brain.


The American cockroach places a well-aimed karate kick to keep the jewel wasp from turning it into a zombified husk of wasp chow. That's what a new study found anyway.


Scientists documented the fancy footwork that helps some cockroaches fend off a wasp's paralyzing sting.