17 Mar '12, 6am
The Annotated Budak: Black Beetles an excellent piece on cockroaches by @budak
For all their biological diversity and ecological intrique, Singapore's cockroaches, all 100 or so of them, native or otherwise, will probably never enjoy the regard accorded to prettier bugs. The handful who associate with man, like other maligned arthropods , will continue to find filthy niches even in this cleanest of cities. For the vast majority, restricted to damp understoreys or the canopies of broken woods, it suffices to have enough foliage, flowers and fungi to chew on, and adequate crannies on trunks and along trails in which to squeeze thin bodies and nurse new generations of little black beetles, the progeny of a particularly resilient branch of life that has survived Permian catastrophes and will likely persist after the human race burns out in a fit of anger at the inability of the planet to satisfy its needs and sustain a world of rank prodigality.