Mating System

In nearly all cockroach species studied, males will mate with multiple females even if the exhaustion of mature sperm and accessory gland secretions preclude the formation of a spermatophore (Roth, 1964b; Wendelken and Barth, 1987); cockroach mating systems are therefore best classified on the basis of female behavior. However, it is difficult to determine how many mating partners a female has in the wild, and, as might be expected for insects that are mostly cryptic and nocturnal, field studies of mating behavior are rare.

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