MadSci Network: General Biology

Subject: Why do cockroaches turn upside down when they die?

Date: Sun Nov 22 19:18:52 1998
Posted by Wendy Hudson
Grade level: teacher/prof
School: Horn Lake Middle School
City: Horn Lake State/Province: MS
Country: U.S.
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 911783932.Gb

I am a teacher, and I have been searching for the answer to this question for 
over a year.  (While I was student teaching, I noticed a dead roach in the hall-
-and it was upside down.)  That made me wonder why they flip over, or if they 
flip over because they die.  This question became my "Truly Trivia" question of 
the week for my kids.  I've gotten attempts at answers since then, but I'm still 
looking for an answer that will convince me.  

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