High Line Park “Welcomes” Winter-Ready Cockroach

Male (left) and female Periplaneta japonica were found on New York City's High Line (Photo: Lyle Buss, University of Florida).

A new breed of visitor is frequenting the High Line park.   

Last year an exterminator at the popular park found an unfamiliar critter in a trap and sent it off to an insect lab. Researchers from Rutgers and the University of Florida have determined that the roach was an Asian species of cockroach – Periplaneta japonica – never before seen in this country that, unlike other cockroaches, can survive outdoors in freezing temperatures.  Read More