For Your Consideration: The Incredible... Roach!

You need roaches in your life. No, not the few pest species you might recognize scurrying across the floor, but some of their amazing, underrated cousins. Cockroaches are surprisingly diverse (there are even beautiful ones!), and they’re crucial contributors to ecosystems worldwide. Entomologist and pest control field supervisor Megan Wilson, Ph.D., helps us change our perspective on these six-legged frenemies.

Join our host and museum curator Jessica Ware, Ph.D., as she and her guest reveal surprising facts about the order Blattodea—roaches and termites. (Yeah, that’s right, termites are roaches, too!) We’ll also meet one of Jessica’s science heroes—termite expert Margaret Collins, the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in entomology.