Move over kale; there’s a new superfood in town.
It’s called cockroach milk, which immediately brings to mind a farm with millions of tiny heffers hooked up to even tinier milkers, the collective ministrations going to giant vats of milky-white substance that somehow has more calories than that of a full-grown cow.
Only one of those thoughts is actually true though: cockroach milk does have more calories than milk from a cow. Everything else is not what at all what happens.
For starters, these aren’t your average cockroaches. The milk-producing roaches in question are the Pacific beetle cockroaches, or Diploptera punctata, which are found in Australia, Myanmar, China, Fiji, Hawaii, and India. Unlike most insects, these Pacific roaches produce live young instead of eggs, so they have to feed their young something as soon as they are born.