Cockroach Milk

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Diploptera punctata, aka the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, is the only known viviparous cockroach, which means that, like a mammal, its offspring grow inside its body before it gives birth to them. As the embryos develop, the mother cockroach nourishes them with a milk secretion. Researchers have found that this “cockroach milk” is one of the most nutritious and calorie-rich substances in existence. It contains three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk. The same researchers also suggested that if the milk could be commercially harvested, it might make a “fantastic” protein supplement for humans.

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